Artist spray paints human chain on Benin coast

Known for his monumental frescoes on lawns and beaches in different parts of the world, Saype arrived at Benin's village of Oudiah to finish the tenth step of the 'Beyond Walls' project.

The aim of the project, which started in 2019 at Champs Elysees in Paris, is to create a human chain of hands around the globe, which will cross borders in order to carry out this universal message dedicated to friendship and togetherness.

Even though Saype's paintings of hands look very similar in each of the ten locations, each fresco has elements from local culture and history.

In Benin, the artist chose two locations that were tragically marked by slavery. Ouidah village was one of the main slave trade hubs in Africa and Ganvie, where populations fleeing the slave trade raids found shelter.