The Port of Boulogne-sur-Mer
Mediator - Bruno Dupont
Supporters - Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Boulogne-sur-Mer, Conseil général, Conseil Régional Nord - Pas de Calais, Ville de Boulogne-sur-Mer
Vito Acconci's project, submitted in December 2006, was unanimously accepted by the patrons. In view of the sheer size of the work involved, it has been divided into three stages: first, the path around the harbour and the lighting on the windmills; second the creation of the footbridge; and finally the creation of the park on the seashore. The path has to be a work of art integrating practical aspects: information posts, cycle lanes, urban furniture, etc. Lighting seems essential, and the work of art must incorporate elements that "are visible at night". The footpath close to the quays is to enhance the beauty of the harbour and attract industrial tourism. The focal point is to be the creation of a footbridge above the Loubet lock, which will serve as a viewpoint to discover the harbour and the entire city of Boulogne. It will feature innovative technology, to roll up when boats pass through the lock. The part on the quay will be large enough to house a small café and an elevated viewpoint where passers-by will be able to rest, even when the bridge is rolled up. The path will end in a park on the shore. This park, created in collaboration with an architect-landscapist, will include educational elements (some of which will move with the tides).