Over the Easter weekend The Crystal Ship brought art to the seaside in Ostend. For the third edition, Belgian’s largest coastal city forms the backdrop for the popular art festival The Crystal Ship.
A few days ago I shared an overview of the artists progressing on their work (visible here) and today is time for a recap of the finished works. I was pleased to return to Ostend and cover the Festival for Instagrafite. A big thanks to Bjørn Van Poucke, curator of the Crystal Ship, and to the Festival team for making me feel at home and to the artists for their availability!
This years line up featured the following artists:
A Squid Called Sebastian (B) – Ben Slow (UK) – Colectivo Licuado (URU) – Dourone (FR) – Etam Cru (PL) – Gaia (US) – Icy & Sot (IR) – Jaune (B) – Joachim (B) – Johannes Verschaeve (B) – Matthew Dawn (B) – Milu Correch (AR) – Oak Oak (FR) – Telmo & Miel (NL) – Wasp Elder (UK) – Zoer x Velvet (FR)
Joachim got the inspiration for his mural from a conversation he had a few months ago on the coastal tram (from De Haan to Ostend).
‘An older man, who could tell from my accent that I was not from the neighbourhood, spoke to me.
We started talking….
He had worked his whole life at sea, and since his retirement he felt trapped on the land.My mural is an ode to this man and my interpretation of the conversation. A man, entangled in his sailor ideals, caught on the shore…‘ he says.
‘Leonie La fontaine’ – ( 1857- 1949) by Wasp Elder, She is a Belgian pioneer feminist and pacifist. She was active in the international feminism struggle and was a member of the women’s international league for peace and freedom. The image is based on a photograph taken of her and her friend.
Oakoak has produced several pieces in the city of Ostend. Check out his interview to learn more about his approach and what he has been up to during the Crystal Ship.
“OPIA” the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, who can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable .. New mural by Dourone.
The new mural by Gaia is entitled Requiem for Migrants, Requiem for the Liberal Order.
Lifevest with Red Poppies and Carnations hovering above the North Sea. The mural is adjacent to the austere ‘Seamen’s Memorial’ (1954) by sculptor Willy Kreitz
Coverage and photos by Julie