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This Gigantic Painting In Paris Has A Strong Message In Its Clasped Hands

A giant painting of clasped hands has appeared near the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

French artist Saype created the work -- called 'Beyond Walls' -- in support of migrants, with a strong message behind the specific way the hands are clasped.

Made from biodegradable paint, the piece stretches 600 metres along the Champ de Mars park, and covers a space of 15,000 square metres. It's Saype's largest work yet.

It's designed to disappear within days, as the grass grows and visitors walk over it.

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The painting stretches 600 metres long and was a "challenge physically" to create. Photo: Reuters.

The work is in support of migrant charity SOS Mediterranée.

"I simply share the same values (as migrant charity SOS Mediterranée), I don't want to take sides with a political party or anything like that but I want to work for building a world for living together," Saype told Reuters.

"SOS Mediterranée is like that: benevolence, mutual assistance, living together."

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Saype painted alone, but had three assistants and a few volunteers helping him out. Photo: Reuters.

A total of 2,299 migrants died trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea last year, according to the UN -- an average of six people per day. So far this year, 555 migrants have perished along the same route.

SOS Mediterranée's President Francis Vallat said the particular way the hands were painted were similar to the grasp of rescuing a person at sea.

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The hands are clasped in the same way you would grasp a person's hand to pull them from the water. Photo: Reuters.

"Brotherhood is at its highest for this fight of solidarity and the gesture he is depicting, the hands holding tight always show solidarity but if you look closely, those hands grasp in a particular way," he told Reuters.

"It's the gesture of the rescuer rescuing the person who has drowned or about to drown and also - you'll understand what I mean by saying it's also the gesture which will save our soul in a way."

Saype, 30, plans to take his project to another 20 cities around the world, including Christchurch, New York, London, Geneva, Berlin, Belfast and Buenos Aires.

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