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Saype in New York for General Assembly – and Celebrate 75 Years of United Nations with gift from Geneva to NYC

Saype in New York for General Assembly – and Celebrate 75 Years of United Nations with gift from Geneva to NYC

Completing a cross Atlantic bookending of public artworks that few ever could, the French-Swiss artist Saype was at the UN this week for the General Assembly meeting – and to complete a project he began at the UN in Geneva.

Entitled “World in Progress” representing two children drawing their ideal world, his new piece answers visually the one he completed – using the north Lawn of the U.N. headquarters to paint his 11,000 square meter celebration of the U.N.’s 75th Anniversary. Naturally, the fresco uses biodegradable paint. Saype says he hopes the work will appeal to the world leaders who are joined here in New York for their annual round of speaking and “Remind them that they must not lose sight of the luminous ideal of peace between nations – hand in hand with the preservation of their environmental world heritage.”

Saype. “World in Progress II”. UN Headquarters, New York City, NY. September 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “World in Progress II”. UN Headquarters, New York City, NY. September 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “World in Progress II”. UN Headquarters, New York City, NY. September 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “World in Progress II”. UN Headquarters, New York City, NY. September 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “World in Progress II”. UN Headquarters, New York City, NY. September 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “World in Progress II”. UN Headquarters, New York City, NY. September 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “World in Progress II”. UN Headquarters, New York City, NY. September 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)

“Giant ephemeral landart painting by Swiss French artist Saype entitled ‘World in Progress’ representing two children drawing their ideal world, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. The artwork covering 6000 square meters was produced with biodegradable paints made from natural pigments such as coal and chalk. The fresco, offered by Switzerland, for the the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco on 26.6.1945 will be inaugurated by Swiss Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, in the presence of the Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva, Tatiana Valovaya.”

Saype. “World in Progress”. UN European Headquarters. Geneva, Switzerland. June 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “World in Progress”. UN European Headquarters. Geneva, Switzerland. June 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “World in Progress”. UN European Headquarters. Geneva, Switzerland. June 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “World in Progress”. UN European Headquarters. Geneva, Switzerland. June 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “World in Progress”. UN European Headquarters. Geneva, Switzerland. June 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “World in Progress”. UN European Headquarters. Geneva, Switzerland. June 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
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SAYPE Paints “un nouveau souffle” in the Majestic Friborg Pre-Alps

SAYPE Paints “un nouveau souffle” in the Majestic Friborg Pre-Alps

Staring at clouds and seeing images is Mother Nature’s Rorschach test about how one sees life’s possibilities; revealing winged angels and horned devils, a ship on the high seas, a milk maiden’s profile, a fire-breathing dragon.

Saype. “Un Nouveau Souffle” (A New Breath). Moleson-sur-Gruyeres, Switzerland. August 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)

French-Swiss land artist Saype has had plenty of time recently to contemplate the clouds while painting on a grassy mountain and he thinks our vision of the future is reaching a point of clarity, despite our current seemingly cloudy perspective.

The rising, lushly green summit of Moleson-sur-Gruyeres in Switzerland can do that to you.

Saype. “Un Nouveau Souffle” (A New Breath). Moleson-sur-Gruyeres, Switzerland. August 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)

The artist’s newest ephemeral simulacrum depicts what appears as a child blowing clouds toward the horizon. He calls it “un nouveau souffle” (“a new breath”), he says, and he uses the framing of the majestic Friborg Pre-Alps to give flight to this novel fancy.

Saype. “Un Nouveau Souffle” (A New Breath). Moleson-sur-Gruyeres, Switzerland. August 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)

Seen on land from a great distance and especially when flying above, the new 1500 square meter fresco is of biodegradable pigments made out of charcoal, chalk, water, and milk proteins.

With time, this vision will fade. Hopefully, our ability to imagine stories, fancies, and promising futures will not.

Saype. “Un Nouveau Souffle” (A New Breath). Moleson-sur-Gruyeres, Switzerland. August 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “Un Nouveau Souffle” (A New Breath). Moleson-sur-Gruyeres, Switzerland. August 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “Un Nouveau Souffle” (A New Breath). Moleson-sur-Gruyeres, Switzerland. August 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
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Saype Paints Five More Frescoes for “Beyond Walls” in his Tenth Step

Saype Paints Five More Frescoes for “Beyond Walls” in his Tenth Step

In the footsteps of slavery

This week Saype is painting the latest installment of his project “Beyond Walls” in Ouidah, Benin, and the location is tragic because of its history.

SAYPE. “Beyond Walls”. Village of Ganvie, Benin. March 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)

“The ‘Beyond Walls’ project aims at creating the largest symbolic human chain around the world, promoting values such as togetherness, kindness and openness to the world,” say organizers of this project that has its tenth stop in this historic site of the tragic slave trade. With five frescoes in total, he painted four of them in the floating village of Ganvie, which was at one time a refuge from slave capture raids.

SAYPE. “Beyond Walls”. Village of Ganvie, Benin. March 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)

Additionally his is painting a fifth fresco by the ocean in the village of Abouta) in the Ouidah district, he says, “the beach that saw millions of slaves sent off across the Atlantic.”

This is the 10th step of the project for the land artist Saype. He says that after nearly two years he has visited 3 continents and 37 people have helped paint 77,300 square meters with biodegradable paint.

SAYPE. “Beyond Walls”. Village of Ganvie, Benin. March 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
SAYPE. “Beyond Walls”. Village of Ganvie, Benin. March 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
SAYPE. “Beyond Walls”. Village of Ganvie, Benin. March 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
SAYPE. “Beyond Walls”. Village of Ganvie, Benin. March 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
SAYPE. “Beyond Walls”. Village of Abouta. Ouidah district, Benin. March 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
SAYPE. “Beyond Walls”. Village of Abouta. Ouidah district, Benin. March 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
SAYPE. “Beyond Walls”. Village of Abouta. Ouidah district, Benin. March 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
SAYPE. “Beyond Walls”. Village of Abouta. Ouidah district, Benin. March 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
SAYPE. “Beyond Walls”. Village of Abouta. Ouidah district, Benin. March 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
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Saype in Cape Town, South Africa with “Beyond Walls”

Saype in Cape Town, South Africa with “Beyond Walls”

Three frescoes in Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa are the latest installments of hands and arms joined with one another for the French large-scale land artist Saype.

Saype. “Beyond Walls” 9th Stop. Aerial view of the artist at work on the land-art fresco at the Philippi township in Cape Town, South Africa. January 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)

The pieces are created in Sea Point (6000 m²), the Philippi township (800 m²) and the Langa township (800 m²) and together represent the 9th stop on his worldwide “Beyond Walls” project.

Given the crises that the world is experiencing with the Covid-19 pandemic and the historic divisions in South Africa, Saype says he chose to present a fraternal vision in these three neighborhoods of Cape Town.

Saype. “Beyond Walls” 9th Stop. The artist at work on the land-art fresco at the Philippi township in Cape Town, South Africa. January 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)

Project organizers say “The current crisis reinforces Saype’s optimistic will to present these universal frescos of benevolence and togetherness,” even though he knows that it may represent, “a modest contribution to reunite a city whose historic scars have not yet healed.” Recognizing that the society is still striving to recover from the dark time of apartheid, here is an artist who is using his talents to help heal wounds.

Saype. “Beyond Walls” 9th Stop. Aerial view of the land-art fresco at the Philippi township in Cape Town, South Africa. January 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)

Just finished on January 21, organizers say that the three frescoes were created using approximately 1000 liters of biodegradable pigments made out of charcoal, chalk, water and milk proteins.

This project is carried out in collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa, the International Public Art Festival, Baz-Art and the City of Cape Town.

Saype. “Beyond Walls” 9th Stop. The artist at work on the land-art fresco at Sea Point in Cape Town, South Africa. January 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “Beyond Walls” 9th Stop. The artist at work on the land-art fresco at Sea Point in Cape Town, South Africa. January 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “Beyond Walls” 9th Stop. Aerial view of the land-art fresco at Sea Point in Cape Town, South Africa. January 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “Beyond Walls” 9th Stop. Aerial view of the land-art fresco at Sea Point in Cape Town, South Africa. January 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “Beyond Walls” 9th Stop. Aerial view of the artist at work on the land-art fresco at the Langa township in Cape Town, South Africa. January 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “Beyond Walls” 9th Stop. Aerial view of the land-art fresco at the Langa township in Cape Town, South Africa. January 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. “Beyond Walls” 9th Stop. Aerial view of the land-art fresco at the Langa township in Cape Town, South Africa. January 2021. (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
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Saype Brings Symbol of Joined Hands to East/West Precipice in Istanbul

Saype Brings Symbol of Joined Hands to East/West Precipice in Istanbul

The French-Swiss land artist Saype is starting his 30s with a grand idea of hands joined across the earth.

Saype. Beyond Walls Project. Golden Horn of the Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey. October 2020 (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)

“I think that we are in a moment of humanity when the world is becoming polarized and part of the population is choosing to withdraw into itself,” he says. So symbolically he is spraying massive patches of grass with images of hands joined in cities across the world – including Paris, Andorre, Geneva, Berlin, Ouagadougou, Yamoussoukro, and Turin.

Today we take you to his latest installation of three clasped hands in Istanbul, particularly symbolic because it is at the precipice of so-called East and West. He says that since he would like his monumental works to be bridges painted between cultures, the city of Istanbul constitutes an essential stage, at the crossroads of the worlds between the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.  

Saype. Beyond Walls Project. Golden Horn of the Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey. October 2020 (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)

“Istanbul is really on two continents between Europe and Asia,” he says, “and it’s amazing because we’re going to be able to connect the two here. We made three frescoes; a fresco on the European side, a floating barge covered with grass that will cross the Bosphorus, and a fresco on the Asian continent in Beykoz.”

Saype. Beyond Walls Project. Golden Horn of the Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey. October 2020 (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)

The three frescoes were created using biodegradable pigments and included one artwork at Bogazici University (2500 m2) on the European side of the country, a second one was created in the Beykoz district (1600 m2) on the Asian side and the two of them were linked by an artwork painted on a floating barge in the Golden Horn of the Bosphorus (2200 m2). Valentin Flauraud stood in for Saype at the barge.

Saype. Beyond Walls Project. Golden Horn of the Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey. October 2020 (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)

The work carried out in Istanbul was benefitted by support from the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Kültür A.Ş, the Municipality of Beşiktaş, the Boğaziçi University, the Consulate General of Switzerland, the French Institute in Turkey and UPS.

“I am convinced that it is only together that humanity will be able to respond to the biggest challenges it will have to overcome them.”

Saype. Beyond Walls Project. Golden Horn of the Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey. October 2020 (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. Beyond Walls Project. Bogazici University. Istanbul, Turkey. October 2020 (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
Saype. Beyond Walls Project. Beykoz district. Istanbul, Turkey. October 2020 (photo © Valentin Flauraud for Saype)
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