Pakistan has a plethora of talent. It is not only a mere statement but the fellow countrymen, though with meagre resources and lesser attention paid to arts in the country, have managed to shine brightly with their unique take on the subject. Among them is A.H Ansari, who took three years to complete his dream project. But in the end, it was all worth it.
Hailing from Karachi, the artists love to express himself using different mediums. This time, he used coins. Ansari created a unique portrait of Quaid-E-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah from 1 rupee coins only.
Making portraits from coins is an internationally celebrated activity in the art community. But in Pakistan, the feat is definitely an achievement for A.H Ansari. It took him almost three years to complete the task. Why? Because he wanted to complete it using 1 rupee coin only. What further added to the hurdles towards completing this project was that Rupee 1 copper coins had been discontinued since 2010.
Due to discontinuation, he had no choice left than to reach out to people and collect from them. His search for these particular coins took him to many places, and in the end, he was successful in completing his dream task.
He also collected these copper coins from beggars and people, buying them off from Rs 20-200 at a time. After his effort of three long years, Ansari was able to collect more than 5000 coins – 5240 to be precise – sufficient enough to complete his project.
His really unique effort is definite to garner worldwide attention and also inspire artists in Pakistan to go far and beyond the boundaries to pursue their dreams and passion in the field.
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