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Now the story of a pretty extraordinary piece of art. The painting "Journey Of Humanity" isn't just any painting.
SACHA JAFRI: It's the largest painting ever created in the world, oil on canvas.
MARTIN: That's artist Sacha Jafri. He finished the piece this month.
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Jafri has been busy during lockdown because this painting took seven months working, he says, about 20 hours per day.
JAFRI: I used about 1,400 gallons of paint, about 1,100 brushes, and it's about 3- to 400 layers of paint on top of each other.
INSKEEP: The painting's about the size of four basketball courts. Can you imagine going to have that framed? It is layered in bright colors, and it now sits on the floor of a ballroom in a luxury hotel in Dubai.
MARTIN: But Jafri isn't the only artist who contributed to the world's largest painting. He didn't do this alone. He incorporated artwork that children submitted electronically from over 140 countries. Young artists are important to him.
JAFRI: The child has this beautiful purity, and the child is most connected to the soul of the earth because the child is all about that beginning of life, that purity. They have the freedom of expression.
INSKEEP: Now, the finished painting has four sections. The first, we're told, depicts the soul of the earth. The second depicts nature. The third represents humanity. And the fourth is the solar system. If you got that much space, just throw in the whole solar system. Jafri says it's a painting about connection.
JAFRI: I felt that we had become a little disconnected as humans. I felt that the world had become full of static. And when the world becomes full of static, it's a real problem because we're made of energy, so we can't communicate with each other because there's too much static in the way.
MARTIN: Now that "The Journey Of Humanity" is complete, all 17,000 square feet of it, the painter's going to cut it into 70 separate panels, each potentially a reminder of Jafri's philosophy.
JAFRI: And if we can remind ourselves how small we are, we can actually embrace humility. And with humility, we can become truly great.
MARTIN: Jafri will sell each of the panels for charity in hopes to raise $30 million by doing so.
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