Fluctuart, a floating art gallery dedicated to urban art, has docked in Paris.
The sustainable, floating building features transparent walls and flexible spaces and is comprised of different levels in order to welcome temporary exhibitions, a permanent collection, a specialised bookshop, cultural events, and creative workshops.
Fluctuart is free and open all year and will also feature street art, contemporary art, a library, and a rooftop bar with a direct view of the Grand Palais.
The first traveling exhibition at Fluctuart is dedicated to urban artist Swoon.
The attraction will open its doors in May on the banks of the Seine River at the foot of the Pont des Invalides.
Nicolas Laugero Laserre, artistic director and one of the project’s founders, said: “Paris is the world’s capital for urban art.”
He continued: “The number of artists, projects, auctions and specialised galleries in Paris is truly unique. We believe in the idea of art for all.
“The quest for an art accessible to all is inscribed in the movement’s DNA, with committed artists who are in tune with their times.”
Reinventing Paris’ Seine
Planned by architecture firm Seine Design, Fluctuart won the 2017 ‘Réinventer la Seine’ – a call by Paris officials for projects reinvent and regenerate the Seine.
‘Reinvent The Seine’ is launching 40 projects along the Seine and its canals.
“Fluctuart is above all a place in perpetual movement that is both artistic and festive, between discoveries and encounters,” architect and founding partner Gerard Ronzatti explained.
In more floating attractions news, Japanese theme park Huis Ten Bosch unveiled a futuristic floating capsule hotel last year.
Each spherical capsule can accommodate two or three guests and is split over two floors. The first floor is dedicated to accommodation while the second is an observation dome.
In the US, Chicago’s Floating Museum project aims to bring culture to the community, by barge.
The Chicago River Float is a mobile museum that will moor up at various sites along the river.