In Juli 2019 I shoot a little highkey series at the beach of Le Havre
and try to give this place my own interpretation.
The graphic artist Karel Martens writes about this project:
“For the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the city,
I proposed the plan to give [the cabins] a colorful expression:
stripes of 10 different colors and of 6 different width
will be painted on the visible faces of the cabins.
I see it as a kind of choreography,
a composition of the whole panorama,
with all the cabins.
A unity through diversity.”
Informations form the website:
technique: steel, wood, paint
dimensions: 9.2 x 11.5 x 10 m
curator: Jean Blaise
In the continuation of the main axis Avenue Foch,
a large-scale sculpture consisting of
several interlocking rectangular shapes
was erected on the beach.
It formed a second gateway to the sea
in alignment with the symmetry of
the Porte Océane building complex.
Monumental yet graceful,
gleaming white with no discernible surface structure,
the sculpture stood out against a background of sea and sky.
At low tide it appeared firmly rooted
in the pebbled ground like a rogue extension of the city grid;
at high tide, waves lapped at the base
making the sculpture appear like an absurd and
austere form that had emerged from the sea.
In 2018, the sculpture was replaced by a new,
white concrete version, identical in form,
which will be a permanent fixture of the site.