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by Patrick Messina

‘‘ I walk by this mirror every day. I stop every time. I'm fascinated by what it shows me. I take a picture. ”

The Artist

Patrick Messina was born in Paris in 1967. After leaving the Ecole Louis Lumière, he took his first photographs for Libération, Télérama and Les Inrockuptibles. His recent personal work, in the field of the urban landscape, as in New York, Hong Kong, Paris, or in rural areas like Iceland, the hills of Languedoc, of the Gulf of Morbihan shows Patrick Messina as an artist who excels in witnessing to an intimate experience of spaces and giving a reading of them which helps us get to know them afresh.




British architect Norman Foster and French landscape designer Michel Desvisgnes worked together on this project to make the Vieux-Port a safe, pedestrianised environment.


The Quai de la Fraternité has become one of the biggest public squares in Europe. Light grey Spanish granite paving, in the same shade as the original limestone cobbles, restores the original mineral appearance so suited to a port. The shade canopy designed by Norman Foster adds grace to the mineral austerity. The sea, the building fronts and the surfacing of the Vieux Port reverberate in the constantly changing reflections in the polished steel horizontal mirror sunshade.

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Quai de la Fraternité, 13001 Marseille

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