A Saudi artist has created the world’s “biggest coffee painting”, becoming the first woman in the country to achieve a record title as a single, Guinness World Records announced on Sunday.
Ohud Abdullah Almalki used Expire Coffee to portray famous leaders from the state and neighboring UAE for a 220-square-meter (approximately 2,370-square-foot) piece.
According to a Guinness World Records statement, “I had to work continuously for 45 days to complete it under the watchful eye of two witnesses, video recordings and drone footage.”
The artwork, titled “Nase 1” (meaning “knitted together”), was created on a canvas of seven linked garments in the Saudi city of Jeddah.
This includes the founding fathers of Saudi Arabia and the UAE – the late King Abdul Aziz bin Saud and the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan.
Below them are a series of small portraits of other leaders of the two Gulf countries, while the entire work is associated with the decoration of Bedouin in the traditional “al-Sadu” style.
“My aim is to remind the world of the centuries-old entente between the two countries,” Almalki said.
According to a Guinness World Records statement, the artist used approximately 4.5 kilograms of expired coffee granules to complete the painting.
Almalki hoped that her achievement would “contribute to empowering women in Saudi Arabia and beyond.”
It is the first time a Saudi woman has achieved a record alone, Guinness World Records said, though others have participated in previous attempts.
In 2015, 8,264 women came to Riyadh to create the largest “human awareness ribbon” to raise awareness about breast cancer.
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