artist saype has recently completed this monumental ephemeral land artwork in the mountainous landscape of leysin, switzerland. the 10,000 square meter piece depicts a reclined man lying on the side of a huge hill, his arms crossed behind his head, eyes closed as the sun hits his face, and a pipe casually resting in his mouth. 

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the illustrated figure rests on the side of a mountain in leysin, switzerland

 

 

saype has painted the grass in shades of black, white and grey, forming the figure through the careful composition and balance of tones. additionally, the land must be cut, trimmed and maintained in order to properly realize the image. hyper-realistic in style, the figure wears a button down shirt and suspenders, each which bear tiny red and white swiss flag symbols on their base. 

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the man is formed through the careful composition of grey and white tones

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the land must be cut, trimmed and maintained in order to properly realize the image

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the figure wears a button down shirt and suspenders

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the 10,000 square meter piece depicts a reclined man lying in the grass

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