One Artist Created a Boat That Looks Like a Moving Rock

published Sep 30, 2021
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Picture this: You’re lounging on your favorite beach, soaking in the summer sun and gazing out into the ocean. You see a rock formation not too far out that you can’t recall seeing before. Strange, but it’s nothing to write home about. Until, that is, the rock formation speeds off leaving a gnarly wake behind it.

It’s a boat! It’s a rock! It’s… both, actually.

French artist Julien Berthier used epoxy resin and polystyrene foam to build a hyper-realistic rock over the hull of a beat up boat. The piece is called L’invisible (“the invisible”) because, well, it’s pretty much a boat hidden in plain sight. 

“L’invisible is an artificial rock that can be driven and moved around,” Berthier explains on his website. “It modestly intrudes the environment of Marseilles’ creeks and softly modifies it’s landscape. The invisible navigates between the decor, the enhanced reality, the leisure object, the survivalist anguish and the ecological stakes.”

The boat can be accessed through a hatch at the top of the rock and is powered by a standard boat engine disguised at the back of the structure thanks to the tan-to-black gradient coloring. L’invisible also fits on a standard boat trailer, making it just as easy to move around as a regular boat.

This isn’t the first time Berthier has made his fellow boating enthusiasts do a double take. He also designed a “leisure object” called Love Love that looks like a sinking sailboat. In actuality, it’s a floating vessel that is perfectly balanced so that you can sit perched atop the sinking ship.

The boaters of Marseilles will now be second guessing everything they see while at sea thanks to Berthier’s incredible creations.