Antarctica Flag - Le Havre
Materials: Inkjet on polyamide
Dimensions: 200 x 300cm (Edition of 54); 140 x 220cm (Edition of 14); 180 x 280cm (Edition of 10)
Exhibition history: 2014 LHForum, Le Havre, France
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta
Le Havre Ville Monde is the title given to Lucy + Jorge Orta’s major city-wide installation across the French sea port of Le Havre, offering visitors a route lined with 78 monumental Antarctica Flags.
The flags interconnect the different architectural icons of Le Havre, including the City Hall, its parapet adorned with the colours of Antarctica, as well as the Frissard Wharf, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Tourneville Fort and Pasino, as well as the art centres Tetris and Portique, which also play host to solo exhibitions of the artists work. Finally, the 'Volcano', home of the cultural masterpiece by the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, its foreboding iceberg form reminds us of the current melting ice caps as a consequence of climate change. The flags capping the Volcano cultural centre are a strong symbol, reminding us of the fragility of our planet. Le Havre Ville Monde is a truly visual and symbolic event that draws an artistic journey in honour of the LHFORUM / Positive Economy Forum.