The 425 feet (130 meter) long aluminum hand crafted masterpiece is the child of contemporary artist Huang Yong Ping. It was created as permanent work for the final Estuaire a contemporary art exhibition in 2012.
By having a major figure from Chinese mythology appear on European shores, Huang Yong Ping examines, the notions of identity and cultural hybridity, as is often the case in his work. The environmental question is also very present in his art where he regularly exposes the paradox of the man sawing the branch he is sitting on, torn between creative abilities and destructive impulses. This is one of the many possible interpretations of this work: placed on the beach, the skeleton appears with the tide and, little by little, will be home to marine fauna and flora.
Depending on the weather conditions,tide and time of the day the art displays appearance dramatically differs.