SAYPE unveils his latest giant land art at the UN headquarters in New York City, 2021

“World in Progress II” is the second chapter of a story that started at the European Headquarters of the United Nations (U.N.) in Geneva in June 2020, celebrating the 75th anniversary of the U.N.

As a gift from Switzerland to the U.N., the ephemeral artwork by French-Swiss artist Saype covers 11,000 square metres of the North lawn of the U.N. headquarters in New York City.

An aerial view shows two children drawing and building with origami their ideal world at the Headquarters of the United Nations (U.N.) in New York City.

The giant fresco created using biodegradable paint was inaugurated on September 18th to launch the “Common Agenda” by António Guterres, Secretary-General of the U.N., Ignazio Cassis, Swiss Minister of Foreign Affairs and the artist, Saype.

By investing in the New York headquarters of the United Nations, Saype wishes to use this new work to remind present generations of their duty, with regard to generations to come. Remind them that they must not lose sight of the luminous ideal of peace between nations, nations that will go hand in hand with the preservation of their environmental world heritage.

Photo credit Valentin Flauraud for Saype



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