LE VOYAGE À NANTES // ESTUAIRE - TAKE THE JOURNEY!
Two artistic landscape trails and a territorial agenda for a Greater Nantes Saint-Nazaire metropolitan area, France.
Since few years, the City of Nantes in France has been
organising geographic urban trails through various interventions by contemporary
artists in Nantes’ hidden corners and urban landscapes.
An intervention as part of "the journey to Nantes" artistic trail
There are two main
artistic trails. The first one, the “city trail”, is 10 miles long and goes
through the urban landscape of Nantes. The second one, “Estuaire”, is approx. 40
miles long and runs along the estuary of the river Loire between the city of
Nantes and the city of Saint-Nazaire. Each of these artistic trails are an
invitation to discover the urban landscape and the estuarine landscape of Nantes
and its surroundings.
The city trail
The first one is a 10-mile trail, with thirty stops, from le Lieu Unique
(http://www.lelieuunique.com/) to the western tip of the Isle of Nantes. Along
the way, the walk goes through public works of art to elements of architectural
heritage, from classic sites to little-known treasures, from historical back
alley to contemporary architecture, and from a surprising view of the city to
an incredible sunset on the Loire estuary.
This trail runs through a vaster part of the surrounding territory of
the city of Nantes, and particularly its large estuary leading to the Atlantic
Ocean through the city of Saint-Nazaire. The installations are interweaving
with the beauty of the Loire river, its unique biodiversity and the diversity
of the surrounding landscapes.
has also a political agenda – the creation of a Greater Nantes Saint-Nazaire
The original LE:NOTRE Projects were co-funded by the European Union's Socrates and Lifelong Learning Programmes.
The LE:NOTRE Institute has been established by ECLAS as foundation under Netherlands Law.