The Story of a Ball - world's largest art canvas - unveiled in Qatar

Doha: The Ministry of Culture unveiled the largest painting on canvas in the world by the artist Emad Al Salehi, at Qatar University yesterday. 

Artist Emad Salehi receives Guinness World Record Award from the Minister of Culture, Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad al Thani during the inauguration Reuters/Hamad I Mohammed

The 9,652 sq metre artwork, equivalent to the size of a football field, is titled The Story of a Ball and was adjudged as the largest art canvas by the Guinness Book of Records officials. 

Largest sports and cultural painting in the world by Artist Emad Salehi Reuters/Hamad I Mohammed

The Iranian artist Emad Salehi achieved this landmark achievement in Doha on December 7, 2022, and thanked the Qatar Ministry of Culture for its help. The artwork was his attempt to highlight the World Cup 2022 in Qatar.   

The painting tells the history of the World Cup from its inception in 1930 until the World Cup 2022, which combines culture, history and sports and embodies the landmarks and icons of all the World Cup tournaments in Qatar.

Picture from the Ministry of Culture

The unveiling of the artwork comes at a time when the country is in the midst of the FIFA World Cup Qatar and as it readies to celebrate its National Day on December 18, 2022. 

Artist Emad Salehi and Guinness World Records Official Shady Gad pictured during the inauguration Reuters/Hamad I Mohammed

At the inaugural ceremony, a video was shown about the stages of completion of the huge artwork, after which the Guinness Book of Records certificate was handed over, marking its entry into the record book, in the presence of the Ministry of Culture officials and media.