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Bassin du Roy
From May 27

Matter: Corten Steel

Tour 4

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

Practical info


Jardins Fantômes

Baptiste Debombourg

Bassin du Roy
From May 27

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

  • Visitors with physical disabilities
  • Visitors with hearing impairment
  • Visitors with mental disabilities



Free access

Discovery tour

Stage 3 on the discovery tour 4. The Basins



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


This work of art benefits from the support of
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