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Installation

Bassin du Roy
From May 27

Matter: Corten Steel

This is a monumental, evolving work of art with its roots in Le Havre’s history. It can be admired at Bassin du Roy, the harbor basin overlooked by the statue of Francis I, the king that founded the city. Artist Baptiste Debombourg spent time exploring the traces left by the monarch who brought the Italian Renaissance to France.

Among his numerous châteaux, there was Blois*: there, the king’s chamber is bedecked from floor to ceiling in rosettes and other incongruous adornments, mirroring the king’s supremacy. Baptiste Debombourg took inspiration from the chamber’s ornaments to create a metallic structure set into the harbor basin’s walls. As the weeks go by, the ebb and flow of the tide bring mussels, oysters and seaweed, which become caught in the structure and hang there, revealing the regal motifs in all their splendor. In short, the artist has invented the French seaside garden.

* Restored by Félix Duban in 1846

Practical info

Installation

Jardins Fantômes

Baptiste Debombourg

Bassin du Roy
From May 27
Venue

Bassin du Roy
5, quai de l’Arsenal 76600 Le Havre

ACCESSIBILITY
  • Visitors with physical disabilities
  • Visitors with hearing impairment
  • Visitors with mental disabilities
OPENING HOURS

24/7

PRICE

Free access

Discovery tour

Étape 17 du Red Tour

CULTURAL MEDIATION

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How to get here
- Bus: lines 1, 2 and 3 Richelieu Stop
ON SITE

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