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Keep your eyes peeled !

The mysterious marine eyes of the Iroise Country





You may have noticed this strange eye, made of glass and ceramics, which sometimes adorns a rock, sometimes a jetty by the sea.
The iris is made up of an electrical insulator, with an array of multicoloured marbles placed in bottle necks representing the contour of the eye. The cornea is represented by a patchwork of small shards of earthenware ceramics.
This eye has no esoteric meaning.
It is the work of Pierre Chanteau, a Breton artist from Carantec, who was granted permission from the municipality to strategically adorn the coastline.


Artist Pierre Chanteau in his studio




So, what is behind the meaning of that eye spying on you ? The artist only wishes that this furtive glance beaten by the waves reminds the walker of the multitude of sailors who have perished at sea and the courageous action of the many Breton lifeboats volunteers, amongst whom it is worth mentioning Mr Aristide Lucas.


Aristide Lucas, 1888-1940


Pierre Chanteau created and anchored 113 similar compositions on the shore of Brittany. A monumental challenge and fine artistic skills, alas too little known.
14 of them are placed in the territory of Iroise Country.
But where are they ?

An original treasure hunt

We suggest you go looking for them. These artist's eyes are more often placed in ports from which sailors and rescuers set sail. But not only : they can sometimes be found on a disused slipway or simply on a wall or a rock on the coast.
They are now part of our heritage.
Look out for them and take a picture. Try to include a clue in your photo to the whereabouts of the eyes. Then invent ( in English ) a short riddle to guide people to their secret resting place. Then send us the picture and your riddle by email to the address below.

If they are accepted by our jury, they will be placed on this page with your name or nickname.



The gallery of pictures and riddles of Internet users

( Beware, the sea can sometimes completely cover the eye you are looking for.)


Photo 1
Port-la-Reine.
© YL


Photo 2

( We have not yet received a riddle in English)

Photo 3

( We have not yet received a riddle in English)
Photo 4

( We have not yet received a riddle in English)
Photo 5

( We have not yet received a riddle in English)
Photo 6

( We have not yet received a riddle in English)
Photo 7

( We have not yet received a riddle in English)
Photo 8

( We have not yet received a riddle in English)
Photo 9

( We have not yet received a riddle in English)
Photo 10

( We have not yet received a riddle in English)

Photo 11

At low tide, St Pol-Aurélien
would have landed here in the 6th century
to evangelize Armorica
© Arzhmaël

Photo 12

( We have not yet received a riddle in English)

Photo 13

( We have not yet received a riddle in English)

Photo 14

The tower is the bitter of the land that the sea surrounds©
La Molelle de Touraine

Here are in alphabetical order the 14 municipalities of the Iroise Country where a sea eye has been fixed (this is not the order of the pictures) :

Brélès
Molène-Island.
Lampaul-Ploudalmézeau
Lampaul-Plouarzel
Landunvez
Lanildut
Le Conquet
Locmaria-Plouzané
Plouarzel
Ploudalmézeau
Plougonvelin
Ploumoguer
Porspoder
Trebabu

Sachez aussi qu'à Lanildut, face à la mairie, au pied de l'obélisque, sont exposées d'autres photos des yeux marins d'Iroise de Pierre Chanteau. Ne manquez pas d'aller les découvrir.

                                  




It's up to you. We wish you good luck ! See you soon.


1- Allez, on va vous aider un peu : « Portez votre masque ou fichez le camp ! » Cette énigme qui peut paraître incongrue ici révèle d'une part, et en toutes lettres, le nom de la plage. Comme d'autre part deux plages du Pays d'Iroise portent le même nom, un autre indice permet de localiser celle qui a été choisie par l'artiste.
De même, « Entrez, on pensait justement à vous quand on était dans les dunes » vous donne, grâce à 3 syllabes qui se suivent, le nom et l'environnement du lieu.


Yannick Loukianoff



READ MORE

About the artist Pierre Chanteau : Article de Bretagne Magazine

Visit his website :


L'âge de pierre

The artist has even published a small guide of the marine eyes that he has put on the whole Finistère coastline. It does not reveal their exact location. He just exposes the black and white photos. The reader is thus invited to a real treasure hunt whose aim is to help him discover the Breton coastline.



The book, sold partly to the benefit of the SNSM rescue association and SOS Méditerranée, was so successful that it was quickly sold out. But you might still have a chance to get it used.

Any questions


- Who's on the jury?
We won't give you their names, but there are several of them, including the webmaster.
- Can we send you several pictures and riddles?
As many as you want, the jury will choose what to put online.
- Can we send you a new photo or a new riddle for an eye already on the page ?
Of course, that's even the point of the game. Give us a better picture or a better riddle. The site is alive, it must always evolve.
- Do we need to explain the riddles we've sent to you ?
No, the jury knows the locations of the eyes and must be able to recognize them easily through the riddle, even if it is not obvious at first glance.
- What to do when we think have found the answer ?
Check on the spot if possible, or send us an email to ask if it is good. There's nothing to gain, only the pleasure of having found it. And move on to another riddle, it's a game.
- Can we put a person on the picture or do a selfie?
No. The web page will be seen worldwide and people's faces could be copied and used on porn or malicious sites. We don't take that risk.
- Is there a deadline to participate in this game?
No. The game is open every day 24 hours a day as long as this page is on the Internet.

Des yeux marins en dehors du Pays d'Iroise

Quelques internautes nous font parvenir des photos d'yeux marins que Pierre Chanteau a posés, toujours en Finistère, mais hors du Pays d'Iroise. Ils sont donc géographiquement hors-jeu.
Mais il serait dommage qu'ayant pris la peine d'élaborer des énigmes, ils ne bénéficient pas d'un affichage sur cette page. Nous vous les présentons ci-dessous.
Dites-nous si vous les avez reconnus.



Photo 15

La vigie le guette, là où les cabanes
de pêcheurs multicolores
se lovent aux abords du port.
© laCacaquimarche


Photo 16

At the foot of the abbey, in front of the sea
you will be angels ©
Gwentof



Photo 17

Ne prenez pas de sable dans les yeux
pour admirer ces dunes dont le nom rappelle un bonbon moelleux.
© Réjane


Photo 18

Oeil bien vivace,
presque né de la dernière marée !
© Karine



Photo 19

Je veille sur le moulin.
© Orlane


Photo 20

Le ker bleuté des marins
a secoué notre pupille
© Maud, et superbe photo de Marc



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