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A unique artistic journey on the Loire

art & culture

From the port of Nantes to the Saint-Nazaire Estuary, the banks of the Loire unveil 30 singular contemporary works of a vibrant character.

The ‘Perennial Trail' designed by Jean Blaise between Nantes and Saint-Nazaire, linked by the Loire, is an unforgettable cruise (April to October) that alternates fragile nature reserves with monumental industrial buildings, all punctuated with works by international artists along the banks of 12 communes.

The first one that catches our attention is the one located along the former banana warehouse in the port of Nantes: Daniel Buren and Patrick Bouchain's famous The Rings seem to mark the harbour entrance with their 18 circles of light. This faces the Lunar Tree, a ghostly tree perched on Sainte-Anne Hill, white by day and fluorescent by night. A little further, a house placed in the middle of the river, seems to be sinking, while another, raised above a replica of a chimney of the neighbouring thermal nuclear plant astonishes.

If you do not want to take the boat, the route also continues in the two cities of Nantes and Saint-Nazaire, with artistic interventions that highlight both cities.

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