Masdar City’s mosaic artwork built using 90,000 recycled waste materials, made its way into the Guinness World Records as the 'world's largest mosaic made from recycled materials'.
The mosaic artwork measuring 1,015 square metres was developed over a period of one month using plastic bottles, cans and pieces of cardboard generated from Abu Dhabi.
The aim of the mosaic, as part of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2020, is to encourage UAE citizens, residents and visitors to take more responsibility for their impact on the environment and inspire them to reduce, reuse, and recycle their waste.
Clean, green technology is a major component of the UAE's plan to transform their solely, oil-focused economy to a wider, knowledge-based one.
It is also the impetus behind the development of Masdar City in Abu Dhabi as the first-ever human settlement with no negative environmental impact—zero waste, zero carbon, car-free, fed by recycled water.
It was therefore apt that Masdar City employees, tenants and residents, as well as members of the wider Abu Dhabi community and schoolchildren, joined hands to complete the project.
The mosaic artwork depicts the evolution of the UAE, highlights the landmarks of the seven emirates and focuses on leaving a ‘green imprint’.
Representatives from Guinness World Records presented the official record certificate in a special ceremony, attended by Masdar City executives and government officials.
The mosaic will be on display in Masdar City for a few months and can be viewed from the district's observation deck. The materials will later be removed and recycled.