Travel with Val: Art exhibit aboard cruise ship
Valarie D’Elia takes a look at the science that lets an art exhibit set sail aboard a cruise ship.
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Being surrounded by water is a large part of the appeal of taking a cruise. On ships such as the new Celebrity Reflection, being surrounded by art is also a big draw.
"At the entrance of this space, you have the work of Anthony James, which are these beautifully encased birch trees, again, inviting us to reflect with our relationship with nature," said Mariangela Capuzzo, lead curator at ICArt.
Celebrity Reflection is the last in the brand’s Solstice Class of ships, sailing with more than $4 million worth of art on board. More than 6,000 works of art representing 97 artists are displayed in state rooms, corridors and public spaces. Like a floating art gallery that sees an audience of 3,000 people come and go weekly, there are certain specs to follow.
"We have to work very closely with the artist and make sure they don’t use flammable materials," Capuzzo said. "We work with engineers and architects throughout the whole process to make sure that vibration and stability and all of those things are taken into consideration."
Borrowing off the ship’s name, all of the artwork revolves around some aspect of "reflection." The Living Tree in the Upper Grand Foyer is one of eight site-specific installations onboard. At a media event, even the artist behind it had a double.
"I thought of a reflection in a lake, I thought of a living tree reflection in a lake, and I did my best to simulate that in a sculpture," he said.
Passengers can simply take in the art spontaneously or on self-guided iPad tours.
Celebrity Reflection will be sailing from Miami on weekly cruises to the Caribbean this winter.