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French artist Saype honours migrant rescuers with 600 metres of graffiti

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A 600-metre-long, biodegradable work of graffiti art by French artist Saype honouring migrant rescuers will be inaugurated Thursday on the Champs de Mars in the presence of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo to mark World Refugee Day.

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Saype’s "Beyond Walls" project is a tribute to the NGO SOS Méditerranée, which rescued around 30,000 people in the Mediterranean Sea between 2016 and the end of 2018. The artist wants to change public opinion with his works: “We’ve been ruined by visual pollution; I feel that people don’t look around any more – I needed something that brought their attention back to what matters,” he said.

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