Set along La Grande Motte harbor in France, french architects Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens have placed an ephemeral installation facing the calm sea. ‘Sensual Wave’ (Onde Sensuelle) comprises rows of luminous lanterns carefully hung on string, tied from one end of a floating dock to the other.
The project, conceived for Festival Des Architectures Vives, is meant to recall the voluptuous curves of the female form, evoking a woman’s contour and characteristics through the use of a lace material canvassing the spherical orbs. The texture creates a play of shadow and light, casting round reflections onto the surface of the water below. ‘the sensual wave plays with water, without ever touching it, brushes it, goes away from it.’ the architects describe ‘as a magical moment, the ephemeral character of the installation evokes a wave that we can’t hold back.
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Written by: Nina Azzarello
Image Courtesy of: Paul Kozlowski