The French Lochness monster
Huang Yong Ping was born on 19 February 1954 in Xiamen, Fujian Province, and died on 19 October 2019 in the 13ᵉ arrondissement of Paris. He was a contemporary artist of Chinese origin who became a naturalised French citizen. HYPing lived and worked in France from 1989 and settled in Ivry-sur-Seine in the late 2000s.
The "Ocean Snake" is a creation by Huang Yong Ping made in 2012. It takes the form of an aluminium sea serpent skeleton, 130 m long. It is installed on the Loire estuary, in Saint-Brevin-les-Pins, France, in the Loire-Atlantique department.
The shape of the snake is reminiscent of the Saint-Nazaire bridge, which can be seen nearby, and the shape of the vertebrae is reminiscent of the carrelets, the emblematic fishing nets of the region.