A large warship bottle adorns the city of Ostend. On Monday artist Tom Herck‘s artwork was launched in the fountain in front of the Kursaal of Ostend. He created a message in a bottle on the occasion of The Crystal Ship. With ‘Wreckage in a bottle’ Tom Herck responds to the mysterious and nostalgic appearance of this concept, referring to the people who have been sending messages in bottles for centuries.
With a base weighing 3,000 kilos, the bottle made of Plexiglas landed safely in the water.
Traditionally the method was mainly used by sailors and shipwrecked people, hoping to send a message to the mainland or to show their discontent to the outside world. At first glance the installation looks like a traditional ‘message in a bottle’, but with better inspection the bottle contains a large folded 5 Euros note in the shape of a ship on which a message should be.
‘Weapons keep on lowering in price until this point that even a grenade can be bought for only 5 euro. Prices of necessary products such as milk on the other hand, are constantly rising. This message in a bottle, built as a 5 euro note tank, wants us to think about that fact. ‘Wreckage in a bottle’ has therefore been built in a milk bottle instead of a wine bottle’ says the Festival.
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