Muscat: An Indian interior designer has created an image of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said using thousands of tiny pieces of paper.
Eight months and 250 magazines took D.Ajayakumar to collage a masterpiece of Oman’s leader.
“I started crafting this piece when I was in my hometown in India last year and I just finished it in the beginning of 2016,” he said.
He said that he wanted to gift this piece to His Majesty the Sultan. In May 2008, the Keralite met King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the late king of Saudi Arabia, and presented his collage portrait to him.
D.Ajayakumar has been working in Saudi Arabia since 2007, before moving to the Sultanate few months ago.
“I made this piece of art as a token of thanks and appreciation to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said for his wise leadership and great friendship with India and its people,” he said. He explained that he has only two months left in Oman as his contract will expire soon.
“I hope I would be able to deliver this one-of-its-kind art to Sultan Qaboos in time, before leaving back to Kerala,” D.Ajayakumar said.
However, if his wish is not granted, D. Ajayakumar said he would sell his collage.
Asked what his next iconic figure will be, the interior designer said that he would make a collage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates.
He told the Times of Oman that he was spending an average of three hours a day to complete the artwork.
“The most challenging task was to find the exact colour to add to the collage. Sometimes it takes hours to find the right shade,” he said, adding that he used more than 250 magazines collected in Saudi Arabia.
The collage is seen as the first detailed magazine paper collage of His Majesty the Sultan.
“Even my signature on the collage is made of small pieces of paper,” the artist concluded.