Seabuorn Ovation showcases various sculptures, photographs, paintings and other artworks (Image: Assaf Pinchuk Photography)
UK-based art curation and provision consultancy ArtLink has installed more than 1,600 works of art and craft onboard Seabourn’s newest ultra-luxury vessel Seabourn Ovation.
ArtLink was invited to curate the collection by Seabourn president Rick Meadows and the ship’s interior designer Adam D. Tihany, following the success of a similar project onboard sister ship Seabourn Encore in 2016. Both vessels feature a glass sculpture by Italian visual artist Luciano Vistosi and some pieces from the same artists, but each collection is largely unique and Seabourn Ovation’s is almost twice as big.
Almost 120 emerging and established artists from five continents of the world have contributed work for Seabourn Ovation. Highlights of the collection include 400 pieces of artwork lining the ship’s corridors; a wall sculpture by Brazilian ceramics artist Valeria Nascimento in the sushi restaurant; and a photographic series exploring the division between science and spirituality by Neil Folberg. In addition, there is a sculpture that showcases the brutality and beauty of the natural world by Zemer Peled; mixed media photography by Chilean artist Jose Romussi; sculptures of deconstructed antiquarian books by Alexander Korzer-Robinson; and a gallery of mid-20th century celebrity photographs and original lithographs in The Grill by Chef Thomas Keller.
“We believe in telling stories through art and there is arguably nowhere more suited to this emotional and intellectual adventure than a cruise ship,” said Tal Danai, ArtLink’s founder. “Guests are travelling slowly, living within the experience of the vessel and full of anticipation about the destination they will eventually discover. They have the time to re-visit the art as they journey and to allow it to release one story at a time.”
Earlier this year, Seabourn’s sister brand Holland America Line revealed that it is working with ArtLink to develop a new interactive art experience that will be rolled out across all of its ships and onshore.
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