Its name is “Serpent d’Océan” it is not the skeleton of an ancient animal but a sculpture at Saint-Brévin-les-Pins, around Nantes, nearby the Loire river. The author is the Chinese naturalized French citizen Huang Yong Ping, whom completed its work in 2012.

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The skeleton has been made in aluminium and it constantly gets covered and uncovered by the tide, a little bit like a fossil that comes out through different natural cycles. The spine of the skeleton retraces the shape of the Saint Nazaire Bridge, creating something that harmoniously embraces the environment around.

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Although it is a still sculpture, the “Serpent d’Océan” delivers an intense sense of movement. The tail ends thinly, and this gives to the whole sculpture an illusion of it going towards the foreshore, making it seem as if it was alive. Due to its titanic dimensions, the sculpture is noticeable even through Google Maps to this link.

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The artist beat himself by making an even bigger work: in fact, if the Serpent d’Océan was 130 mt (around 430 ft), a new record has been set in 2016 with a new snake this time 240 mt (790 ft) long.

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The next two pictures featured here represent instead the snake at the Grand Palais of Paris

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