[by Marion Rivolier from Paris, France]
In August, I have traveled to Saint-Nazaire at the West of France in the estuary of the Loire. I just wanted to take a bath in the sea and to have some good time. But this city is full of History : the town was occupied by the Nazis in 1940 and it was transformed into a complete bunker. Now this part of the city is an incredible area with a lot of things to discover : a (French) submarine, a huge exhibit about Transatlantic ships, a poetic garden by Gilles Clément on the rooftop of the submarine base.
Just behind the submarine base, there are the shipyards where huge cruise ships are built. The artist Felice Varini has transformed the perception of this place with a wonderful installation : he has painted some large red triangles on the roofs of several buildings. When you are far away from the installation, you just see some red forms spread out over the area. But when you standing in just the right place, you discover the painting revealed in the right perspective.
For the last drawing, I was standing behind the submarine base at the edge of the shipyards. This place is a transition space between a touristic zone and an industrial zone. It is a little bit weird but very interesting to paint.