A 17-year-old student from the English School, Alex Dzaghigian, has broken the Guinness world record for the largest drawing in the world by an individual, it was announced this week.
The theme of the painting, measuring 323.9 m², is a turtle, a species endangered by debris in the sea such as plastic bottles and straws.
According to a press release, he had three reasons for his decision to create a painting depicting the dangers of sea pollution in July 2018.
The first is to raise awareness about sea pollution.
“Alex chose this theme since it is a growing issue nowadays and even though people are aware of it, it is always at the back of their minds. By repeatedly raising awareness, people subconsciously adapt to living in a more eco-friendly manner,” the statement said.
The second is to raise funds for Cyprus Marine Life Protection and Environment Association (CYMEPA) and Greenpeace, and the third was to promote his art in a unique and exiting way.
Alex is not a beginner when it comes to painting. Two years ago, he came fourth in the international Toyota Dream Car Art contest, in which 885,000 contestants from 81 countries took part.
In 2017, he sold a painting to a Greek national for €2,900.
The painting was completed in the English School sports centre. The drawing will be recycled in the next few days by GreenDot.
€2,000 of the net proceeds were donated to CYMEPA, to be used for beach cleaning and conserving the marine environment, and a symbolic amount to Greenpeace.