Masdar City managed to merge the worlds of environmental awareness and art by achieving a Guinness World Records title for the largest recyclable material mosaic in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The record-breaking art piece measured 1,165 m² (12,539 ft² 131 in²), approximately the size of four tennis courts, and consisted of around 90,000 recyclable items.
Masdar, which means ‘source’ in Arabic, is a renewable energy and sustainable urban developer that was established back in 2006.
The mosaic highlighted famous landmarks from all around the UAE, displaying the journey from the past to the present.
The mosaic was unveiled ahead of Abu Dhabi Sustainability week 2020 which launched on the 11th of January.
The aim of the event was to raise awareness about sustainability and to encourage residents of the UAE to take ownership towards their environment. The message was to inspire everyone to reduce, reuse, and recycle their waste.
“As a pioneer in sustainable urban community development, Masdar City will continue to lead in promoting best practice in waste management. This wonderful mosaic makes the sustainability debate more tangible and accessible through the universal medium of art, and demonstrates the commitment of the people of the UAE to protecting the environment. Sustainability requires everyone to play their part and engaging the local community is an essential element of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.” - Yousef Baselaib, Executive Director at Sustainable Real Estate at Masdar
Following the unveil of the mosaic, a ceremony was held to celebrate the achievement with an official Guinness World Records adjudicator who handed the record holder certificate to Masdar city executives and UAE government officials.