A Saudi artist created the world’s “greatest coffee painting”, becoming the country’s first woman to achieve a record-breaking single as a single, Guinness World Records announced Sunday.
Ohud Abdullah Almalki used Expire Coffee to represent famous rulers from the state and neighboring United Arab Emirates for a 220 square meter (approximately 2,370 square foot) piece.
According to a Guinness World Records statement, Almalki said: “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 tied garments in the Saudi city of Jeddah.
This includes the founding fathers of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – the late King Abdul Aziz bin Saud and the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan.
Underneath are a series of small portraits of other rulers from the two Gulf countries, while the entire work is associated with the decoration of the Bedouins in the traditional “al-Sadu” style.
“My aim is to remind the world of the centuries-old understanding between the two countries,” Almalki said.
According to a Guinness World Records statement, the artist used around 4.5 kilograms of expired coffee granules to complete the picture.
Almalki hoped that its completion “would help empower women in Saudi Arabia and beyond.”
This is the first time that a Saudi woman has achieved a record on her own, Guinness World Records said, although others were involved in previous attempts.
In 2015, 8,264 women came to Riyadh to create the world’s largest “human awareness ribbon” to raise awareness about breast cancer.
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