Hala Badri, the Director-General of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, has said “The Journey of Humanity,” the painting that broke the Guinness World Record for the largest art canvas in the world, embodies the spirit of Dubai in its creative and human, and the goal from it is to unite the world in one place, construct bridges between cultures and adhere to changes that benefit humanity.
Sacha Jafri, a Dubai-based humanitarian, art icon, and one of the most prominent contemporary artists, completed the brightly hued painting as part of his Humanity Inspired charitable initiative and together they have been described as the largest worldwide social, artistic and philanthropic plan in history. Unveiled in February, “The Journey of Humanity,” aims to achieve positive change in the lives of children who are underprivileged and the most affected by COVID-19 in the poorest regions of the world.
The monumental painting has been broken down into numbered, signed, cataloged, and framed canvases. And 70 individually framed pieces will be sold across several auctions in 2021, with the funds being raised for charitable initiatives in the sectors of healthcare, sanitation, education, and connectivity. This is being done in partnership with Dubai Cares, UNICEF, UNESCO, The Global Gift Foundation, UNHCR, and the UAE government. Roughly 17,000 square feet, “The Journey of Humanity” painting took seven months to complete, with 20-hour workdays. While using 1,065 brushes and 6,300 liters of paint, Jafri also included artwork electronically submitted by children from over 140 countries.