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Artist Saype spray paints iconic Beyond Walls frescoes in Cape Town

In his “Beyond Walls” sequence, the 31-year-old graffiti artist hyperlinks avenue and land artwork in cities the world over — usually depicting a close-up of two folks’s fingers gripping one another’s forearms.

Reuters, Cape Town

PUBLISHED ON JAN 27, 2021 03:54 PM IST



On a sandy patch with tufts of grass in Cape Town’s impoverished Philippi shantytown, French artist Saype checks a laminated picture earlier than including particulars to an enormous fresco spray-painted on the bottom, a part of a worldwide project he hopes will foster unity in an more and more polarised world.

Guided by picket pegs, Saype painstakingly builds up the ultimate picture of two fingers clasping one another’s forearms in the windswept nook of an previous cement manufacturing unit and surrounded by a sea of picket and tin shacks.

In his “Beyond Walls” sequence, the 31-year-old graffiti artist hyperlinks avenue and land artwork in cities the world over — usually depicting a close-up of two folks’s fingers gripping one another’s forearms.

“The idea is to create the biggest human chain, to speak about togetherness and today in Cape Town this is the ninth step of that project,” Saype, who was born Guillaume Legros, informed Reuters.

“For me it is very interesting to speak about togetherness here, because I think it was a pillar of Mandela’s dream,” he stated of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela, who made his maiden public speech in Cape Town in 1990 after 27 years in jail for combating apartheid.

Elected South Africa’s first Black President in 1994, Mandela tried to foster reconciliation between the white minority and Black majority following years of racial discrimination.

Using a particular eco-friendly combination of chalk, charcoal and water with a milk protein because the glue to permit the paint to stick to the bottom, Saype has additionally spray-painted his short-term, biodegradable photos on lawns from Yamassoukro in Ivory Coast to the Champ de Mars subsequent to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Last year, he painted a big evanescent fresco on the garden of the United Nations’ European headquarters in Geneva to mark the seventy fifth anniversary of its founding.

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