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
Jardins Fantômes © Baptiste Debombourg, ADAGP Paris 2017
Bassin du Roy
5, quai de l’Arsenal 76600 Le Havre
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Stage 3 on the discovery tour 4. The Basins
How to get here- Bus: lines 1, 2 and 3 Richelieu Stop