A fresco produced this week at the Grand Chamossaire by the Franco-Swiss artist is close to the 10th stage of the cycling race… and its TV report.
With his “Beyond Walls” project, the artist Saype has been crossing borders for four years by drawing huge intertwined arms on the ground to symbolize “the greatest human chain”. But between two stages, the Franco-Swiss artist based in Moutier (BE) is creating frescoes here and there as part of his “Human Story” project, this week at the Grand Chamossaire, between Belfast and Rio, under the sponsorship of the Villars Tourist Office.
Hope, with this biodegradable work visible from above? See it filmed by helicopter and broadcast next Sunday on France Télévisions and RTS, around 4 p.m. or 4:15 p.m., during the 10th stage of the Tour de France. The Villars Tourist Office has taken the necessary steps.
Mounted on foot
Saype did not go to Villars-sur-Ollon by bike, but he walked up to the Grand Chamossaire on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. “It made my thighs!” laughs the artist, author of a 2500 m² fresco “on a slightly steep slope”.
The rainy Monday slowed down the realization of his painting which represents a little girl building a cairn made of stacked pebbles, like a mountain dweller who places a marker.
The choice of subject was imposed in a rocky setting, with the Tour d’Aî and that of Mayen in the background. “The base of the cairn is made up of books, a way of saying that knowledge guides us”, explains Saype, blown away by the beauty of the site. “It’s a point of view of phew!”, he says.
The work entitled “Towards balance» will be visible until the end of the month from the Grand Chamossaire chairlift and, partially, from Lac de Bretaye, a region which will benefit from a spotlight on Sunday, if all goes as planned.
“The fresco is located three kilometers as the crow flies from the Tour route,” says Saype. A mountain stage which will be the first, with the Col des Mosses and the Col de la Croix.
For Matteo Bertelà, at the Villars Tourist Office, the promised visibility is guaranteed towards the end of the stage, “unless there is a race event such as an attack or a fall”, but the replay will be there to compensate for it. … “The helicopter pilot won’t be able to miss it,” laughs Matteo Bertelà.
Halfway between street art and land art, Saype has earned an international reputation with its lawn frescoes. Next Wednesday, he will fly to Brazil with two to perform at Copacabana beach and in a favela in Rio, as well as at Brumadinho, where the rupture of a dam killed 276 people, on January 25, 2019.
In Moutier where he built a house by the swimming pool, his wife asked him if he had counted the nights spent at the house. She knew the answer: five nights in two months…
Chalk and charcoal
His artist name, Guillaume Legros chose it by writing the words “Say Peace” in a spray can. Its 100% biodegradable paint is made of chalk and charcoal. His works are usually on grass, but also on snow, ice or sand, as will be the case in Copacabana with his intertwined arms. They are immortalized using a drone.
His approach and his innovative technique earned him in 2019 the nomination by “Forbes” magazine as one of the 30 most influential personalities under 30 in the field of art and culture.