Monday, November 1, 2021

Frédéric Teschner, Le Havre, Franciscopolis Editions, Le Havre, France, 2013

A rather interesting work by the poster artist Teschner, who was invited by the University of Havre to make a portrait of Le Havre in connection with a retrospective of his work. Visiting the port town in northern France, that was all but wiped off the map by British bombers during WWII, he discovered a windbreak that was 250 meters long, and 20 meters high. The windbreak was originally built to shelter ships at birth in the harbor at Le Havre, and it also resonates with the meaning of 'havre' as 'shelter.' This work reproduces all five of the quite complex posters he created for the project, as well as images of enlarged versions of the works installed onto the top the windbreak.

This accordion is accompanied by two essays, both reproduced in French and English that go into greater detail about the work and the history of this French port city.

6 pages double-sided, individual pages 12" x 8.25", and when fully open 4' 1.5".

reverse side

the windbreak with the posters works on top of the wall

back cover

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