The fourth work of Un été au Havre was unveiled to the public on Thursday, June 24, 2021. “Down John”, a cargo ship embedded in the Le Havre cruise terminal. The illusion, the theme of this edition, is perfect.
In the aftermath of the transformation of the courthouse in Le Havre, with the trompe-l’oeil “Let justice be feast”, the artist Pierre Delavie offers a completely new experience to the eyes of the people of Le Havre. After, Chiki’s “Fata Morgana”, “Gold Coast” of the HeHe collective, it is again in the port district, on the outskirts of Muma, that the work, monumental this time, is established.
A striking scene
At the end of the rue de Paris, right in the axis of the Catène, the walker or the motorist sees it. The scene is striking: a cargo ship seems to have finished its course in the cruise terminal quai Roger-Meunier, ripping open the building.
It was by learning why cargo ships were waiting at sea, motionless for hours, that the artist had the idea for his work: “When I knew that they were waiting for the right price on the stock market, to enter at the most profitable moment, I was shocked (…) I imagined this lost boat called Down Jones – John the unhappy , the lost… except that he cannot continue. He is stuck there (…) It was premonitory! “ adds Pierre Delavie, referring to March 25, 2021. “An Evergreen boat has come across the Suez Canal, disrupting the global economy and pushing up the price of oil!” I was there, it was exactly that. “
The work “Down John” is visible from the Southampton quay in Le Havre throughout the summer.