Cruise & Ferry Interiors 2022

9 9 and exhibits a passion for life and the environment, which is at the very essence of the design of Scenic Eclipse. When curating the artwork collection for the discovery yacht, we commissioned three original artworks and chose a selection of 124 prints to display in all the ship’s suites. These pieces are all from Gobel alone and Scenic Eclipse currently owns the largest collection of his abstract resin work – an honour we’re incredibly proud of. Choosing an Australian artist was incredibly important for Scenic as an Australian-owned company. We wanted our artwork collection to feature something uniquely and expressly Australian to reflect our heritage. Gobel’s work is a true reflection of the incredible talent in the country and demonstrates the pride of Scenic’s origins. Meanwhile, Hush’s geishas feature prominently in the stunning Koko’s restaurant onboard Scenic Eclipse. Focusing on the female form by depicting the beauty and sensuality of the geishas through traditional colours and modern graffiti style, Hush’s work was selected to perfectly complement the warmth and subdued atmosphere of the ship design. The Newcastle-born artist draws influence from graphic novels, animation and the evanescent quality of street art. Hush’s mix of crazy anime-inspired characters and pop-infused imagery creates a fascinating commentary on urban culture and has been described as urban abstract pop. Hush has worked throughout Asia, Europe and the USA – all key destinations for us as a brand. His interest and immersion in diverse cultures has informed his art which is recognisable for its cross-cultural influences. It is important that interior designers consider how an artist’s style will fit with the ship design and atmosphere onboard – and in which areas of the vessel it should be used. For example, Scenic Eclipse features an inspirational spoon sculpture which sits outside the onboard French champagne bar Lumière. The sculpture, which is shaped like a gown, is made from 5,400 spoons and was created by artist Francois Bertrand and symbolises ‘teatime’, tying in the onboard cuisine with the heritage of this fascinating piece. Art is a lesser-known aspect of cruising, but it provides a way for us to give young and contemporary artists Carl Hush’s graffiti-style portraits of geishas are one of the key features in Koko’s restaurant onboard Scenic Eclipse visibility and more paths to growing their presence and awareness for their art. Furthermore, the appointment of cruise ship interiors is yet another way for cruise lines to give back and invest in the local communities, both where they come from and where they visit. Finally, it allows us to surround our guests with original art to enrich the overall cruise experience and create moments of enchantment along the way. CFI Nichola Absalom is director of global brand and marketing at Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours