HUMAN CHAIN CROSSES CAPE TOWN
One of Africa’s largest public arts festivals, the International Public Art Festival (IPAF), has launched the Beyond Walls project by the artist Saype. Representing unity, mutual aid and common effort beyond geographical constraints, the project features the longest human chain in the world. This is depicted through pairs of hands painted on land, and intertwining from town to town. The project starts at the Sea Point promenade in Cape Town and the IPAF festival runs from 10 -14 February. It is carried out in collaboration with the Embassy of Switzerland in Cape Town.
Cape Town represents an essential step of the project due to its history marked by Apartheid, and the project symbolises the breaking down of political and social barriers among communities, with the aim of encouraging further dialogue. The giant mural’s intention is to spark a message of hope, humanity and respect.
Guillaume Legros (alias Saype) is a Swiss-based artist who creates monumental frescoes on the grass and on the ground. He is well-known as the pioneer of an artistic movement linking street art and land art. He is also committed to eco-friendly and sustainable methods of creating art through respecting nature.
The IPAF is hosted by Baz-Art, a local street art platform that uses painted murals to create conversations and dialogues.