Half a boat is better than none


The Love Love was built to look as if it is sinking. 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.

Thanks Gene

12 thoughts on “Half a boat is better than none”

  1. Dumb is right.

    How many times are the Coastguard or other emergency services going to be called out because someone’s seen what they think is a sinking boat?

    • i’m going to say…zero
      there’s this thing called radio and it’s used to communicate over great distances, and could be used to reassure people that you are not, in fact, in danger. there is also a thing called the media, in which you can have the public informed preemptively on what you are doing.
      Trough these two forms of communication, it is quite easy to stop onlookers from calling the coastguard.
      a pleasure trolling you 🙂

  2. too much money and too much time, think of all the little kids that could benefit if this juice bag turned the $$$ in their direction

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