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imaginary of a bay, 2015

Chausey is the largest archipelago in Europe, a labyrinth lace off the Bay of Saint Michael’s Mount.
Scissy, Chausey’s former name, would have been a mythical forest covering most of the Bay. According to the legend, it was during a violent tidal wave in 709 that the Scissy Forest was swallowed up overnight by water, woods leaving for sand. Chausey with its mountains becoming islands, was no more than a silent skyline.
Washed twice a day by the highest tides of the Old Continent, the fear of a tsunami in the Bay haunts its inhabitants forever. Some big high tides continue to maintain that fear.
For many researchers and scientists, the existence of the Scissy Forest is a myth, thus supplying controversy as well as fascination.

This work is an exploration of landscape through legends and beliefs of a territory.

 
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