VIDEO: Artist’s ‘invisible’ rock boat caught on camera
French artist Julien Berthier has created his latest piece L’invisble – an outlandish outboard-driven vessel camouflaged as a rock.
The realistic rock is made with epoxy resin and has been placed on top of a second-hand boat. Blending in with its surroundings, L’invisible is hard to distinguish from the real rock formations of the coast of the South of France.
This isn’t the artist’s first foray into submersible and floating art. His 2007 installation Love Love drew similar attention reproduced a sinking boat and was equally hard to miss on the water.
Berthier says: “Love Love is the permanent and mobile image of a wrecked ship that has become a functional and safe leisure object.”
The mind-bending artificial rock can be driven and moved – the artists says it “intrudes with modesty in the environment of the creeks of Marseille, imperceptibly modifying the surrounding landscape. The invisible navigates between the decor, the augmented reality, the object of pleasure, survivalist anxiety and ecological issues.”