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Over 500 of the 713 beach huts of this « little village by the sea » have been painted with colours. With the help of researchers from the University of Le Havre – Normandy, Dutch graphic designer Karel Martens chose 10 different colours and 6 widths of stripes which alternate following the pattern defined by an algorithm generated from the founding charter of the city, issued by King Francis I in 1517.

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Permanent work of art

Couleurs sur la plage

An algorithm genrated from the founding charter of the city was used to choose the colours of over 500 beach huts

Le Havre Beach
Since 27rd May 2017

Le Havre Beach
Promenade de la plage du Havre

  • Visitors with hearing impairment
  • Visitors with mental disabilities

Tous les jours 24h/24


Accès libre
L’œuvre est visible depuis la promenade de la plage pour les visiteurs à mobilité réduite

Discovery tour

Étape 18 du Along the stream
Étape 14 du From one garden to another



How to get here
Tram A et B (station La Plage)
Bus 1 (station Porte Océane)
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Sustainable development

Colors on the beach is a work by the Dutch graphic designer Karel Martens in collaboration with Le Havre inhabitants and organizations. Indeed, hundreds of beach cabines owners have accepted to contribute to the project. Educational structures are also involved. Le Havre University created the algorythm that determines the lenghts and colors of the stripes, while CFA Baie de Seine and Schuman-Perret highschool painted many cabines. Last but not least, AHAPS inclusion sheme took part with a dozen of trainees in the painting of the cabines, which are the unexpected medium for this project in between science and art.
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