Here’s another incredibly awesome snake skeleton created by French/Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping (previously featured here). Entitled Serpent d’océan, this giant skeletal sea serpent is an aluminum sculpture that resides outside of Nantes, France just off the shore of the Loire River where it empties into the Bay of Biscay.
"Measuring nearly 425 feet (130 meters) in length the curving skeleton mirrors the curves of the nearby Saint-Nazaire bridge and was created as a permanent work for the final Estuaire contemporary art exhibition in 2012.”
One of our favourite things about this marvelous sculpture is that how the viewer perceives it varies greatly depending on the weather, the tide, and where you’re standing. Sometimes the serpent appears to be slithering across the surface of the water, emerging from it, or unsettlingly lurking, perhaps in wait for potential prey. In addition to the photos seen here, there are lots of others on Flickr providing beautiful examples of this effect.
Photos by Emmanuel Le Guellec, Philippe Cabaret, Nantes Tourisme, and Gino Maccarinelli respectively.
Visit Colossal to learn more about Huang Yong Ping’s fantastic metal sea serpent.