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Giant Uzbek artwork seeks to stun Europe

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Wednesday, 04-July-2012

 

TASHKENT: It's longer than an Olympic swimming pool, took two-and-a-half years to complete and fulfils a 40-year dream -- a new mega-canvas by one of Uzbekistan's best-known artists, inspired by the folk tale collection "One Thousand and One Nights".
 
Now, the immense painting by Lekim Ibragimov is on its way to Europe, where it will be put on show first in the Czech Republic and then in other European countries.
 
Ibragimov started working on the project -- named "One Thousand Angels and One Painting" -- in 2010 and put the finishing touches on it in April.
 
It measures eight metres (26 feet) high, an extraordinary 66 metres (215 feet) long, used several tonnes of paint and is so big it takes days to be installed on site.
 
The work's 1,000 paintings stand alone as individual pictures in their own right, but when put together also form a single continuous painting based on the classic folk tale.
 
"While every piece, each depicting an image of angel, is itself a painting of full value, they make a single unified painting when assembled together," the 68-year-old painter told.
 
In each of the 1,000 pictures Ibragimov has included the image of an angel, and visitors are encouraged to search hard in the picture to "find your own guardian angel".
 
"In fact, the angels have always been present on my paintings and this is why the mega-project is a logical continuation of my creative career," said Ibragimov, who is an academic at Uzbekistan's Arts Academy and an honorary member of the Russian Academy of Arts.
 
The artist, who combined graphical and pictorial art mixing Uzbek and Chinese fresco painting styles with European colour-blending techniques, said he had been dreaming of such a project for almost four decades.
 
It is a massive undertaking.With its installation equipment, the work weighs more than 20 tonnes, with 2.4 kilometres (1.5 miles) of steel cables, and it will take four days for at least four people to install its more than 500 square metres (5,500 square feet) like a giant curved panorama.
 
Most of the cargo has already reached Prague, with several Czech companies providing logistical support.
 



    

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