The giant image of a shepherd reclining on the grass will greet visitors to the mountain station of la Berneuse above the village of Leysin in the Vaud alps over the next three weeks.
The 10,000m2 temporary fresco has been painted by French artist Saype using entirely natural materials including flour, water, linseed oil and natural pigments.
As such, it's biodegradable and does not pose a danger to animals.
Jean-Damien Zaccariotto, events manager at Leysin, told news agencies
that the piece of art “is an homage to pastoral and rural life” and also takes inspiration from a local legend about a shepherd and a fairy.
Its 27-year-old French artist said it took him about a week to paint and involved preparing about a thousand litres of the natural ‘paint'.
The painting pays tribute to rural life. Photo: AFP
The fresco will gradually fade and will disappear about three weeks after its official inauguration on Saturday, said Saype, depending on “the weather conditions and the growth of the grass”.
The self-taught artist is based in Moutier, Switzerland, and has specialized in creating paintings on grass, so-called ‘land art', since 2013.