In pictures – From the womb of suffering, I hope to enter the Guinness Encyclopedia


Painter Giovanni Bassil draws the largest Lebanese flag with chalk.

The Lebanese painter, Giovanni Bassil, drew the largest Lebanese flag with chalk, with an area of ​​200 square meters, (20 meters long, 10 meters wide, and 4,000 chalk), which he is preparing to enter the Guinness Book of Records, in downtown Beirut, opposite Al-Amin Mosque.

Bassil talked about his idea and said: “It came by chance when browsing the Guinness Book of Records website. I was drawn to the implementation of a Uruguayan painter who flags his country with chalk 168 square meters. Guinness World Records, so I applied and a file was opened for me after the conditions and evidence were met.Upon approval, I decided to hold a national art event organized by Zare Barikian, owner of Euromedia, and contacted Beirut Governor Walid Abboud and Beirut Mayor Jamal Itani, who did not reject the idea and the implementation was implemented. The project is over two days and with the help of the security forces, we are grateful for the support and protection for the establishment of this national artistic painting.”

He added: “The idea was born out of the womb of the Lebanese suffering and the people’s pain today. I wanted to present a glimmer of hope in these circumstances, while we are at the gates of the painful memory of August 4th. I wanted it to be a token of love to dedicate to the spirit of the martyrs of the Beirut explosion in public. and their families.”

He continued, “It is my first experience with chalk, after acrylic and aquarelle, and it was not easy, but it was fun, and some people loved the idea and encouraged me, and some of them asked about the importance of the event, given the harsh conditions in which we live, but I determined that there is a message that must be delivered, which is hope in Lebanon.” No matter how small it is, to encourage fine art and hand painting, and to continue motivating all Lebanese artists, especially painters, to be creative in these circumstances.”

He concluded: “The place was chosen here in Martyrs’ Square, due to its symbolism and history, and because it is the heart of the Lebanese capital, and the Lebanese flag should bear the name of Beirut in the Guinness Book of Records.”

Source: National News Agency


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