Pakistan’s tallest mural has a beautiful climate message

This mural painted by Italian artist Giuseppe Percivati at the Karachi Port Trust will be registered with the Guinness World Records as the tallest public mural in the world, Ambareen Thompson of “I AM KARACHI” told Arab News on December 19, 2019. (AN Photo)
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Updated 19 December 2019

Pakistan’s tallest mural has a beautiful climate message

  • Painted by an Italian artist, it depicts the relationship between humans and nature
  • The mural that will be completed on Saturday is said to be the world’s tallest

KARACHI: A 285 feet tall mural by an Italian painter, Pepe Gaka, in this seaside metropolis may soon be declared the world’s tallest – and it highlights the urgency of protecting mangroves along Karachi’s coastline.

The wall painting, which will be completed on Saturday, “celebrates Karachi’s coastline and highlights the importance of mangroves, both of which are unfortunately endangered by environmental degradation,” Ambareen Thompson, Executive Director of “I AM KARACHI,” a non-government organization which has taken the initiative in collaboration with the International Public Art Festival, told Arab News on Thursday.





Jameel Yusuf, Chairman of International Public Art Festival, is talking to Arab News on December 19, 2019. (AN Photo)

“Karachi’s coast is rich in resources, but there is a lot of pollution with untreated water flushing into it,” she said. “We want to use this mural to remind our policymakers that this is an invaluable asset that needs to be protected.”

The artist, Giuseppe Percivati, popularly known as Pepe Gaka, has been producing artworks that depict the relationship between humans and nature. He creates pieces that are in harmony with their surroundings, Thompson added.




This mural painted by Italian artist Giuseppe Percivati at the Karachi Port Trust will be registered with the Guinness World Records as the tallest public mural in the world, Ambareen Thompson of “I AM KARACHI” told Arab News on December 19, 2019. (AN Photo)

The life of public murals was about 20 to 25 years, the artist revealed, adding that high-quality paint was used to create such pieces.

“In this mural, we have depicted Karachi’s coastline that goes up to India. The message we have here is about protecting the environment,” Gaka told Arab News, adding he had visited Karachi five times before and liked it a lot.

Tracing the beautiful Karachi coastline, the bird shown in the mural is found in the city's mangroves.

According to Thompson, the world’s second-tallest mural is 250 feet high and was painted by Sean Martindale in St. James Town, 200 Wellesley Street in Downtown Toronto, Canada.

“Ours is 285 feet high and thus the tallest one, or at least the tallest by any single artist,” Jameel Yusuf, Chairman of International Public Art Festival, which supported the initiative, said, adding that his organization had researched and found it to be the tallest public mural.

“We will record it with the Guinness World Records and have filled out a form for that purpose. We are confident that this will be the tallest mural,” he told Arab News.

The theme, Yousuf said, was selected among four ideas, including one on a hijab, due to its “beautiful and strong message.”

“We want to put Pakistan, and our city, Karachi, on the map for right reasons,” Thompson said, adding: “The world will see a different Pakistan, a country with immense beauty and positive image.”


PSL 2020: Zalmi fans get special buses for Rawalpindi showdown 

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PSL 2020: Zalmi fans get special buses for Rawalpindi showdown 

  • Peshawar Zalmi takes on Lahore Qalandars at Rawalpindi stadium on Friday
  • Zalmi owner Javed Afridi arranged 5 special buses for fans to be part of live action

PESHAWAR: Peshawar Zalmi franchise administration arranged special buses to bring hundreds of enthusiastic Zalmi fans to Rawalpindi on Friday to watch their team in a showdown with Lahore Qalandars.
Lacking a home ground in Peshawar, Zalmi owner Javed Afridi provided for the home crowd the service to be part of the live action for every match the team plays at Rawalpindi stadium.

Zalmi fans are sitting in a bus, ready to depart from Peshawar to Rawalpindi ahead of their match against Lahore Qalandars on Feb. 28, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Peshawar Zalmi Media)

“It is a special incentive by Zalmi chairman Afridi to facilitate cricket fans. We have dedicated five buses with the capacity of 160 passengers each,” said Iftikharuddin Khattak, brand manager of Peshawar Zalmi. “We’re excited and hope to win the trophy,” he added.
However, he said that the fans have to pay Rs.2000 and would get return bus ticket to Peshawar with McDonald’s meal, a VIP match ticket and official Zalmi shirts. The fans will also get a chance to meet their favorite players while in Rawalpindi.
“It was my biggest wish to watch Peshawar Zalmi play live in the PSL match. I couldn’t travel all the way to Rawalpindi because I cannot afford it,” Khalid Anwar, a junior clerk at KP Health Department and an ardent Zalmi fan about to board the bus, told Arab News.
Abdul Wakil, a daily wage laborer and supporter of Zalmi team, said he was skipping work on Friday because he planned to travel to Rawalpindi to enjoy the rare sight of his favorite team playing live. 
Zalmi fans also enjoyed the team’s official instrumental anthem played in the buses by none other than leading bands Pukhtoon Core and Khumariyan.

Police in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi have placed strict security measures to ensure PSL matches are conducted in a peaceful environment.
Security personnel have been deployed at the hotel accommodating players with a separate police unit dedicated to escort the teams to the stadium.