• Serpent d'Océan - Huang Yong Ping
Serpent d'Océan - Huang Yong Ping
Cultural sites

Permanent work for Estuaire 2012


Saint-Brévin is made up of two seaside towns: Saint-Brévin-l'Océan and, to the north, Saint-Brévin-les-Pins which stretches out between two hills topped by old forts. At the tip of the Nez de Chien fort, at "the lateral limit of the ocean" (the border where the river and ocean meet), Huang Yong Ping's (1954, China) skeleton of an enormous sea-serpent surges out of the sea, as if it had just been found in an archaeological dig. Its movement makes it look alive: with its disproportionate body, one imagines that it crossed the seven seas before washing up on this beach. The shape of its spine echoes the curve of the Saint-Nazaire bridge, and the way it sits is reminiscent of the architecture of les carrelets, the distinctive off-shore fisheries on the Atlantic coast. By having a major figure from Chinese mythology appear on European shores, Huang Yong Ping examines, the notions of identity and cultural hybridity, as is often the case in his work. The environmental question is also very present in his art where he regularly exposes the paradox of the man sawing the branch he is sitting on, torn between creative abilities and destructive impulses. This is one of the many possible interpretations of this work: placed on the beach, the skeleton appears with the tide and, little by little, will be home to marine fauna and flora.

Practical information

Opening times 
Visile day and night. Beach and swimming are not allowed.
Disabled access


Nom du contact 
Estuaire Nantes <>Saint-Nazaire
02 40 75 75 07


44250 Saint-Brévin-Les Pins
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