ECT invites SAYPE in Annet-sur-Marne

Saype places his artistic performance at the heart of ECT’s circular economy approach.
From September 24 to 30, 2021, the artist has taken up residence in Annet-sur-Marne (77), on a site rehabilitated by ECT with inert earth, to create his new Land Art work from his « Human Story » series.
With a total surface area of 3 500 m², the ephemeral and eco-responsible fresco entitled « A child’s play? » was painted in 3 days using pigments from excavated earth.

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In Annet-sur-Marne, Saype pursues its "Human Story" series

After Switzerland, South Africa, Colombia and Burkina-Faso, the artist Saype is now pursuing his « Human Story » series in Annet-sur-Marne, 35km from Paris. This emotionally-charged manifesto results in imposing frescoes, featuring men, women or children, coiled in grandiose landscapes to deliver a universal message.

©Valentin Flauraud & LeSabe for Saype

A work that echoes ECT's circular economy approach

The fresco is located in Annet-sur-Marne, in the Île-de-France region, on a former wasteland rehabilitated by ECT using soil excavated from nearby construction sites. A few dozen tons of soil have been reused to develop the site, for the benefit of the community and local residents, making it part of a circular economy approach useful to all.

The theme of this new artwork echoes the history of the site: Saype wished to interpret its rehabilitation, representing a child playing with a bulldozer. The dimensions of the piece of art give the illusion that the machine is the child’s toy.

The materials used also reflect the activity of ECT: Saype has chosen pigment bases made from rubble provided by ECT, crushed and colored, these urban soils become the artist’s palette and help preserve biodiversity.


By inviting Saype to Annet-sur-Marne, where Vasarely, the pope of optical abstraction, had his studio, ECT wished to propose to the city to associate itself with an artistic gesture of world renown. Halfway between street art and land art, Saype’s work fits perfectly into the landscape on the edge of the Paris region, itself a hybrid, on the one hand agricultural and rural, on the other resolutely urban, with the railway line nearby. A few meters away, the site is also home to one of the largest photovoltaic power plants in the Ile-de-France region, also built on artificial mounds created by ECT from excavated earth.

Known for his paintings on grass made with eco-friendly paint, Saype was named by Forbes in 2019 as one of the 30 most influential people under 30 in the world, in the fields of art and culture.

Self-taught, he is considered the pioneer of a new movement of Land Art, thanks to an innovative process that allows him to create gigantic frescoes on the ground, using a 100% biodegradable paint.

His monumental, grand and sensitive works of art amaze and challenge. In 2019, he begins a global project entitled “Beyond Walls”. His ambition: to symbolically create the largest human chain in the world, in more than 30 cities and over the course of several years, inviting people to help each other, to be kind and to live together.

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©Valentin Flauraud & LeSabe for Saype