A group of Iranian artists have created the country’s biggest peace painting to commemorate the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, May 8.

The huge artwork, which measures 10×1.5, has been painted by 15 artists during a workshop in Ali Akbar Sanati Museum in Tehran over the past week, a report by Honar Online said.

The director of the workshop, Azita Safavi, said that the central themes of the paintings are peace and friendship, and the group has tried to make the public familiar with art through this workshop.

Hossein Tadi, one of the participating painters, said, “Iran is a country that has experienced war (the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war). One aim of this painting is to augment peace and friendship that can motivate artists.”

He added that many people visiting the museum also contributed to the painting.

“We used the images of some people in creating the artwork,” he said, adding that their presence was really inspiring for the group of artists painting symbolic elements of peace and kindness.

The paintings will be on display until May 11 at the Ali Akbar Sanati Museum, which is managed by the Iranian Red Crescent Society.

The museum is home to works by the distinguished Iranian sculptor and painter Ali Akbar Sanati.

Fatemeh Askarieh is an Iranian journalist working on a range of fields including culture, art, lifestyle, cultural heritage, and tourism. She has been working with the Iran Front Page (IFP) Media Group for 10 years, and is currently the head of the Art and Lifestyle Department.

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