Geneva

Wel­com­ing Ges­ture

Newsweek - - Contents - Ơ FABRICE COFFRINI

French artist Saype calls his spec­tac­u­lar paint­ing, viewed from above on Septem­ber 17, a “mes­sage of hope” for refugees. The 1.2-acre image shows a girl launch­ing an origami boat into Lake Geneva and aims to sup­port SOS Méditer­ranée, whose res­cue op­er­a­tions in the Cen­tral Mediter­ranean have saved nearly 30,000 mi­grants. A pi­o­neer of grass paint­ing, Saype air­brushed the image with biodegrad­able col­ors. The girl’s name, he says, is “Fu­ture.”

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