Qatar’s citizens, from the youngest to the oldest, currently have the chance to help try to create the world’s biggest painting in an event organised by Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q). The college is in the middle of holding Paint Your Healthy Future as part of its Sahtak Awalan: Your Health First campaign.
Paint Your Healthy Future has seen giant canvasses placed in malls around Doha. Each canvas has been printed with a stencil and members of the public – particularly children – are being encouraged to set their inner artist free and use paint to colour in the picture.
The canvasses have been placed in Villaggio, Landmark, City Center-Doha and Hyatt Plaza. Additional canvasses will be installed at other places in Qatar, details of which will be announced later. In addition to the canvas, informative brochures about healthy lifestyles and electronic pedometers that allow users to record their daily activity levels and set targets to increase them will be distributed to all participants who will also receive Body Mass Index (BMI) measuring devices. Doctors and dieticians are also on hand to answer questions from members of the public. There are health-related promotions and brochures with tips on living a healthy lifestyle. Representatives from WCMC-Q provide all the water-based, environmentally friendly paints and brushes needed for the challenge.
At the end of the project, each canvas will be attached together to create a painting that will hopefully be a record-breaker. For that to happen though, Qatar’s population has to give their support, as the current record stands at 7,166 metres. So far, the signs are very positive: when the scheme was publicly unveiled the canvasses were inundated with children and families eager to take their turn in painting the mural. The public enthusiasm continued, and just ten days after they were installed the canvasses are already being covered with fantastic artworks, with people of all ages keen to pick up a paintbrush and get involved. The diversity and quality of the designs and pictures painted so far demonstrate an innate talent for art among Qatar’s population, as well as a keen interest in embracing healthy lifestyles.
Strategic partners in this event are the Supreme Council of Health, the Supreme Education Council, Qatar Petroleum, Occidental Petroleum of Qatar Ltd, ExxonMobil and Vodafone Qatar.