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Part artwork, part boat... literally!

Part artwork, part boat... lit...
The Love Love was built to look as if it is sinking
The Love Love was built to look as if it is sinking
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French artist Julien Berthier has designed a fully functional boat to look as if it is sinking. The 6.5m (21ft) yacht was cut in half with a new keel and motor added so it remains in the sinking position while being fully functional. He describes it as "the permanent and mobile image of a wrecked ship that has become a functional and safe leisure object."

Berthier has taken the boat (or should I say half-a-boat) across the English Channel to London and has toured it around Europe, getting plenty of offers of assistance from unwitting good Samaritans, who would presumably be either very annoyed or rather bemused by the contraption.

The designer and artist designed and built the floating installation in 2007. He named his creation Love Love.

All images and video courtesy of Julien Berthier.

Love Love

Love Love from julien berthier on Vimeo.

21 comments
Facebook User
Oh now this is special, lol
Michael Mantion
BEST THING ALL YEAR...
yrag
\"Part artwork, part boat...\" all a bad idea. Yes, it\'s clever, but I have to ask how many times will other craft quickly change course to try and \'rescue\' the \'victims\' of a sinking.
Chio Choi
This has to be the lamest and things I have ever seen! Kind of reminds me of the boy who cried wolf...
Mr Stiffy
The term \"remaining fully functional\" - kind of crosses the line between a sailable and a fuel efficient design, a workable galley, bedding and a livable design - and a novelty piece of artwork. Plus - the term \"Fully functional\" does not match with the idea of being in or on that boat, in a storm...... So while it looks interesting moored at the dock - I\'ll pass on it\'s usefulness.
Lynda Fox
how do you sleep at night?
James Dugan
Dumbest concept I\'ve heard in weeks. How much money did he waste to make his boat look like it\'s sinking? I could have taken a wreck and punched a hole in it for MUCH less. Take that into a storm, and let me know how long before it ACTUALLY sinks. You won\'t need to make sandwiches for long....
PeetEngineer
Perhaps as a lake or a dock fixture this makes an interesting eye catching installation, but the fact that the guy is actually sailing it in open waters apparently willingly creating false alarm where-ever he goes, that\'s pretty dispicable. There is probably going to be a fantastic \'boy who cried wolf\' incident with this guy.
Facebook User
The inconsideration to other boaters that will come to assist is the crime here, he must think this is some great joke. This thing is nothing more than a well built movie prop now
del baumgartner
Just about the dumbest concept I\'ve ever heard of .... some people have way to much time on their hands ...... I will give the artist credit for creating something memorable. Del