Star in Google Street View, Ocean Serpent is “even more beautiful in real life”

You have to arrive about 11:15 am, low water time, to see it at full length. This Sunday, under a beautiful sun, many people met in Saint-Brevin-les-Pins, on the coast of Nez de Chien to discover it with their own eyes. He was this strange snake, whose skull, covered or not in the water depending on the movement of the sea, was swept away in the sand ten years ago.

A 130-meter-long work of art that has since become a name for itself beyond the borders of the Loire-Atlantique: the Serpent d’Océan has risen to second place among the most visited areas in France. on Google Street View, behind the Eiffel Tower, recently revealed the site celebrating its 15th anniversary this Sunday.

It must be said that the mangtas, placed within the framework of the biennale of contemporary art of the course Estuaire (launched by Voyage in Nantes) has something surprising. Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping, who makes it all in aluminum, wants it “alive”. A successful bet. “Uh … is that skull real?” Like a dinosaur? “, asked little Louana to her dad, before taking her courage in both hands and inserting the animal’s mouth, for a little photo. And it’s not just children who have magic.” It looks like a fossil , very beautiful, believes Danièle, who is from the Paris region with her husband Jean-Luc.We have already seen it on the Internet but here we can get closer, see the detail of the vertebrae, the ribs… For contemporary art fans like us, it’s even more beautiful in real life. »

“Written in the scene”

In the early years, reactions were less cohesive when locals saw this emblematic figure in Chinese mythology land at this site, where the Loire estuary joins the sea. But now, like the bridge of Saint-Nazaire next to it, echoed by the curves of the sculpture, “it has become part of the scene, as evidenced by the shells that came to colonize it and all that photographers are attracted to it, especially. at sunset, “said Maud Blanchetière. At the Saint-Brévin inter-municipal tourist office, of which he is the director, Serpent is also mentioned as “a real plus” for the beauty of the town and its surroundings. This Sunday morning in any case, it was a first for many visitors. “We live in the Vendée but we never moved ourselves to come and see this beautiful work”, testified for example Aurélie and her goddess Emma.

The Sea Serpent in Saint-Brévin, May 29, 2022
The Sea Serpent in Saint -Brévin, May 29, 2022 – J. Urbach / 20 Minutes

If this spot ranks on Google Street View, perhaps captured thanks to a buzz that surfaced on Tik Tok a few months ago, it should attract a lot of people this summer, despite the lack of urgency. organizing this unusual escape. “Regular maintenance is done, with the replacement of some vertebrae every now and then”, determines Maud Blanchetière. The corpse was intended to float on the shore for many years. “It’s just that it’s a masterpiece that you won’t get tired of,” thought this couple from Brévinois. When we have friends to visit, this is the first thing we show them! »

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