Photo Credit: Peter Greenwall

Saype Artiste is an international artist linking the world with artworks of giant hands linked together to make a human chain.


Sea Point, South Africa (19 January 2021) – Arm in arm, that is what Saype Artiste hopes to portray with his ‘Beyond Walls’ project. Saype Artiste is a nurse turned self-taught artist. He was inspired to do something after witnessing the revolt in Iran.

Not wanting to turn to graffiti, he looked for an art form that would have real meaning and get people talking. With drones becoming popular in Europe, he thought of artworks that could be seen from above and realised his medium could be grass.

Using 100% biodegradable paints, Saype Artiste paints portraits on grass. In 2019, he started his Beyond Walls project. The aim is to paint a human chain around the world.


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Saype Artiste is currently in South Africa, painting the linked arms on the grass of the Sea Point Promenade. The human chain started in Paris, below the Eiffel Tower and has since been spotted in Andorre, Geneva, Berlin, Ouagadougou, Côte d’Ivoire, Turkey and Italy.

Candice Heyns, a Sea Point resident, shared an updated image of the work (you can see it in the title image), but if you would like to follow Saype Artiste, you can do so via Instagram here.

Sources: Artist | Facebook / Saype Artiste
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