JOEP VAN LIESHOUT
Temporary work of artDiscovery tour: From a garden to another
FACING THE SEA: THE WHALE
A large Corten steel sperm whale, 14 metres long, has been exhibited on the beach in Le Havre since 3 June in anticipation of the new Un Été Au Havre season.
Inspired by Herman Melville's philosophical novel, Moby-Dick, now considered a masterpiece of American literature, Atelier Van Lieshout and the writer strive to present the sea as the real theatre of human comedy: suffering, wickedness, pride, madness and tyranny are personified by the figure of Captain Ahab seeking revenge on the sperm whale which, in the past, cut off his leg.
This huge cetacean deposited on the beach of Le Havre is a manifesto that testifies to the power of nature which Jonah, the biblical character, also experienced.
The Whale illustrates Ahab's nemesis and Jonah's prison. Made of steel, a metal created and welded by man, it rests proudly on the pebbles like a boat being refitted. The work thus presented embodies
both the human ingenuity which the Great Sperm Whale has triumphed over and unconquered nature. This is where its full ambiguity lies.
Beach of Le Havre
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Étape 19 du From a garden to another
How to get hereBus 7,13, stop G. de Maupassant
- Ticket sales
- Bike hire
- Bike parking
- Free parking
- Paid parking
- Information desk
- Rest area