Graffiti artist captures lightness of clouds to lift spirits

A French graffiti artist's monumental mountaintop project aims to lift people's spirits by helping recapture the childlike wonder at clouds drifting by.

The 1,500 square meter painting "Un nouveau souffle" (A New Lease of Life) by French artist Saype, 32, graces the summit of the Moleson peak in the western Swiss Alps.

"I think we live in a world that induces anxiety and we need a little lightness. So I believe that the clouds are also a bit about dreams and imagination," Saype said.

Using biodegradable paints made from natural pigments such as coal and chalk, it depicts a little boy blowing bubbles in an area known for its clouds, seeking to reflect the link between children's skygazing, he told Reuters.

Known for massive works of graffiti on grass best seen from the air, Saype has also adorned sites ranging from an impoverished shantytown in South Africa to the lawn in front of the UN's European headquarters in Geneva.

(Source: Reuters) 

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