A trickster as well as an artist, Berthier has created a 21-foot sculpture that looks just like a capsizing ship. In fact, it's so convincing that many a boater has stopped to assist.
Graham Hussey/galerie GP&N Vallois, Paris
Berthier says that he's not out to trick the authorities: "There was a misunderstanding like if I had made this piece to have coast guards run to help me even though there was no reason to. It is important to say that coast guards and harbor masters have always been warned and that the piece is not at all about crying to the wolf."
The sculpture bears such a strong resemblance to a real boat for a simple reason: It is one. Berthier cut a yacht in half and then made some serious modifications. The result: When anchored, it looks like a sinking ship. But--and here's the really cool part--it can still glide on the water just like a "regular" boat thanks to an onboard motor.
You can watch a video of the boat/sculpture (called the Love-Love) below. It might not be ship-shape, but, believe it or not, it is sea worthy. Julien has taken the sculpture across the English Channel and toured it around Europe.