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Largest Painting of Sheikh Zayed Will Be Created in the Dubai Desert


Sylvain Tremblay to create portrait out of sand


Internationally renowned artist and Canadian University of Dubai lecturer Sylvain Tremblay is making final preparations to create the largest ever portrait of the late Sheikh Zayed out of sand. 


The painting will be created in the desert just outside Dubai when Tremblay, who specializes in creating artworks that celebrate culture and traditions around the world, will drop sand collected from the desert onto a 10m by 10m canvass from a hot air balloon 15 meters in the air to create a high contrast image.


“It’s a great honor for me to be able to produce the biggest painted portrait of the great Sheikh Zayed. It was important to me when planning the performance that everything was natural and that it paid tribute to the UAE’s natural elements. The desert was the natural place to do this and using sand from the desert is the perfect choice.”