Motif No 1


The red fishing shack decorated with colorful buoys is known as Motif No 1, since it has been captured by so many artists for so many years. (Actually, it should be called Motif No 1-B, as the original shack vanished during a great storm in 1978 and a replica was erected in its place.)

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