Huang Yong Ping was born in 1954 in Xiamen, China. After having lived and worked in Paris since 1989, Ping was asked to create an artwork for the Loire river in 2012. What emerged was the ‘Serpent D’Ocean’, with its curved spine and long winding presence, as if emerging from the river itself.
Positioned at the tip of the Nez de Chien fort, at ‘the lateral limit of the ocean’ (the border where the river and ocean meet), the sculpture looks as if it had just been found in an archaeological dig. The shape of its spine echoes the curve of the Saint-Nazaire bridge, sitting peacefully among the waves. A symbol from Chinese mythology which finds its new home on European shores, Huang Yong Ping examines, the notions of identity and cultural hybridity, as is often the case in his work. As the years pass, the surrounding marine flora and fauna will begin to call the sculpture home.
Words by Olivia Cooley. Images by Philippe Cabaret and Nantes Tourisme