Homage to the Creative Spirit
Designer Adam D. Tihany drew inspiration from music for Holland America Line’s MS Koningsdam design, concretizing music through its architecture and the sensual curves and shapes that form musical instruments. Similar to how the shape of an instrument informs its harmonious sound, the diverse processes and techniques of individual artists result in the creation of unique artworks, and so the subsequent art collection is awash in creative and collaborative works that pay homage to the intense work of artists worldwide.
“From the three-deck Atrium Sculpture and the Quad Helix sculpture with its 200 LED light elements, to the Culinary Arts Center wall piece, featuring over 40 panels in wood, laminate etching and ceramic tiles, each artwork was its own exciting journey filled with challenges and triumphs. The rest of the ArtLink team and I worked closely with artists, designers, consultants and builders to develop concepts and find the technical solutions that would bring us to our final destination.”
Dorit Magidor, Project Manager
Sandra Spannan’s exceptional etchings and silkscreens on glass and wood panels for the ship’s Pinnacle Grill drew inspiration from their very material: “The choice of ‘precious metals’ such as 9-karat white gold, palladium, silver and 23-karat gold leaf bring history and powerful symbolism into the mix. Walnut, a very hard wood, is perfect for etching—its darkness a perfect foil for the bright leaf, constantly changing with the viewer’s movement.”
Inspired by classical painters, Ingrid Bugge “paints” with her camera, creating poetic photo collages that, according to art critic Ole Nørlyng, create an atmosphere that feels “... almost as if you can hear the Royal Orchestra play everything from the elf girls dance in a folk tale to the majestic knight dance in Romeo and Juliet.”