Sensual Wave installation illuminates an
empty dock at La Grande-Motte harbour

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An undulating canopy of lights was strung between two docks to create this installation at a French harbour by architects Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens (+ slideshow).

Sensual Wave installation by Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens

Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens created the Sensual Wave installation in a mooring spot for yachts at Quai Charles de Gaulle, on the waterfront of La Grande-Motte in southern France.



The project was designed for the Festival des Architectures Vives, which took place across the town La Grande-Motte from 21 to 29 June.

Sensual Wave installation by Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens

"The theme of the festival was Sensuality," said Moustey. "The idea of the wave appeared really quickly because it could make echoes with both the waves from the port and the body of a woman curving in an abstract way."

Sensual Wave installation by Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens

To create the effect, a series of wooden posts were positioned along the edges of two parallel docks.

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The heights of the evenly spaced poles varied to create the shape of a wave on one side and its inverse opposite.

Sensual Wave installation by Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens

Thin strings with different-sized lights spaced randomly along their lengths were strung between each pair of posts, forming a gently undulating canopy of light just above the water.

Sensual Wave installation by Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens

"The Sensual Wave plays with water, without ever touching it, brushes it, goes away from it," said the duo. "As a magical moment, the ephemeral character of the installation evokes a waves that we can't hold back."

Sensual Wave installation by Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens

Lace was wrapped around 160 spherical wire-framed lampshades, which the architects sourced from various shops.

Sensual Wave installation by Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens

"The spheres, dressed in embroidery, open a dialogue between full and void," said the designers. "Indeed, the texture of the lace creates a game of shadow and light."

Sensual Wave installation by Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens

The lights were reflected in the calm water at night, when sensors automatically illuminated the installation using stored solar energy.

Sensual Wave installation by Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens

Festival des Architectures Vives took place La Grande-Motte from 21 to 29 June, following a sister edition in nearby Montpellier a week earlier.

Sensual Wave installation by Marion Moustey and Alexandre Arcens

Photography is by Paul Kozlowski.

  • Sammy B

    I’ve got a similar “installation” in my back garden. Shall I send you 50 pictures of it?

  • JJ

    Come on Dezeen. Surely there is more deserved content than this?

  • Cam

    Oh wow! I love how it looks. It’s just as good at different times of the day, and all the subtleties like the varying intensity of light and heights of the lamps are just spot on.