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boat or rock? a moving rock formation is seen off the coast of marseille

artist julien berthier built a hyper-realistic rock with epoxy resin placing it on top of a worn-out found boat. l’invisible takes shape as an artificial rock that modestly intrudes the environment of marseille’s coast and gently modifies its landscape. the rock can be driven and cruises around, creating the awkward vision of a drifting landscape.

l'invisible is an artificial rock that cruises marseille’s coast
a mobile rock among the natural ones harmoniously changes the panorama

all images courtesy of julien berthier

 

 

julien berthier set a hatch on top that enables one to enter and maneuver the vehicle. the rock itself is inspired by its immediate rough surroundings, stimulating viewers’ curiosity and interest. ‘the mobile rock navigates between the decor, enhanced reality, leisure object, survivalist anguish, and the ecological stakes.’ says the artist.

 

l'invisible is an artificial rock that cruises marseille’s coast
it blends with its rocky surroundings

l'invisible is an artificial rock that cruises marseille’s coast
the vehicle has an opening on top inviting one to enter inside and navigate it

l'invisible is an artificial rock that cruises marseille’s coast
it oscillates gently with the lapping of the waves

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boat or rock? a moving rock formation is seen off the coast of marseille
the floating rock attracts travelers’ and locals’ interest

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boat or rock? a moving rock formation is seen off the coast of marseille
found boat, polystyrene, epoxy resin, paint, motor 220 x 420 x 232 cm

 

 

project info:

 

name: l’invisible, 2021
designer: julien berthier

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissionsfeature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: christina petridou | designboom

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