Holland America Line's Rotterdam Sets Sail with World-Class Floating Art Gallery Valued at Over $4.1 Million
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More than 37 nationalities are represented by
Many of the pieces focus on entertainment, showcasing themes of music, dance and movement, weaving the ship's narrative of a "new sound of cruising" into the art. The works are in many media, including photography, painting, mixed media, illustration, prints and sculpture.
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- The largest and most expensive piece is "Harps," a 7.5-ton stainless steel sculpture in the Atrium that spans three decks. With dynamic color-changing spot lighting and a mirrored ceiling, the work is a striking focal point on board. "Harps" was produced and designed by ArtLink, based on a concept by Tihany Design. It is valued at
- The smallest works are by
Betty Pepper, who uses reworked books and adds intricate details and scenes made from old maps. They can be seen in the forward stairwell between decks 7 and 8. The exquisitely small elements are a testament to Pepper's ability to work at a scale that few artists can master.
- Each of the stairwells has a theme that reaches from top to bottom. The theme of the forward stairs is architecture, midship stairs is music and aft stairs is zoology.
- The oldest artist is
Baron Wolman(deceased), born in 1937. The U.S.native was the chief photographer for Rolling Stone magazinefrom 1967 until late 1970. He was ranked among the 20th century's elite and most collectible photographers.
- The youngest artist is
Leva Berlande. The 31-year-old rising artist is a student from Latviaand has a painting featured in the Neptune Lounge.
- As with Rudi's
Sel de Meron Nieuw Statendam, Master Chef Rudi Sodamin'sson and emerging artist Magnus Sodamincreated a visually stimulating mural that adorns the wall in his father's namesake specialty restaurant on Rotterdam. Called "Oceans Feast," the work measures 23 feet long and 3.6 feet tall.
- Italian artist
Federico Piccicontributes conversation starters that tie in magically with the ship's design. His photographs capture how music would look if we could not only listen to it but see it, too. In one image, balloons float out of a piano, representing the evanescence of something that evaporates in the air as it is created, like the element of sound.
- One of the most striking and expensive pieces is a dazzling, illuminated crystal "Key" (treble clef) created by Dutch artist
Hans van Bentemfor Deck 3, midship. The piece is valued at $27,000.
- Considered among the most avant-garde pieces in the collection is a fiberglass sculpture of an otter in the aft stairwell lobby on Deck 9 by Spanish artist
Okuda San Miguel. San Miguel is known for his distinctive style of colorful geometric patterns that portray animals, skulls, religious iconography and human figures.
- In the embarkation area is a work titled "
Billie Holiday" by Ani Abakumova. It is made up of 3 miles of threads — 8,000 threads in total. Abakumova's husband is a mathematician who developed an algorithm that enables her to create images from threads that change color without using paint.
- One of the most valuable works is a mixed media on canvas piece in the forward stairwell lobby on Deck 8 by Mehdi Ghadyanloo, an Iranian artist, painter and muralist known for his gigantic trompe l'oeil–style murals. Ghadyanloo recently had solo exhibitions in
Almine Rech'sgalleries in Parisand Brussels, and now Holland America Lineguests can enjoy his captivating art. Yongsun Jang, from Republic of Korea, welds cross sections of stainless-steel pipes to configure clusters of "cells," then puts it all together to represent different organic beings. For Rotterdam, he created cello and pan flute sculptures for the B.B. King's Blues Club/Lincoln Center Stage space.
- The vibrant work of Lisa Krannichfield is on display in the Club Orange specialty restaurant. Her pieces meld the border between masculine and feminine and explore what it means to be fashionable and make a statement.
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