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Posted by on Aug 2, 2017 in Art, Family and friends, France, Travel | 0 comments

Le Havre, 500 Years

Le Havre, 500 Years

We’re slowly settling back to our house in Normandy.  It’s funny how things have gotten easier over the years as we develop our habits and ways in going about our time here.  After 14 years, we now know where to go for mundane things we take for granted at home in the US like where to get the best produce, bread, pastries and even simple things (think nails and paint) to mend the house.  The good thing about settling in fast is the we’re also able to enjoy all the great things that Normandy offers.

One of the first things we did when we got here is visit the city of Le Havre, which is celebrating its 500th year.  Imagine that…500 years! Much has happened in the city’s history but one of the most critical ones is the devastation Le Havre encountered during World War II.  There’s much hype about the movie Dunkirk right now and its role during the war but Le Havre is also another French town that played a major role during that period.  It took architect Auguste Perret’s great modernist vision post-war to develop what the city is today.  Le Havre indeed feels like no other French city with all its modern buildings and architecture.  I used to hate its utilitarian sort of feel but it’s only through learning Perret’s vision vis-a-vis the city’s history that I learned to appreciate this place.

Most of the art installations below were created for the city’s milestone anniversary…

MuMa Le Havre

Street Art by Vincent Ganivet

Le Volcan designed by Oscar Niemeyer in 1982

Art at St. Joseph church designed by Chiharu Shihota that symbolizes spiritual awakening 

Work by Lang/Baumann to resemble doors that open to the sea

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