Liberty of the Seas – Ship Art

I am an admitted snob in that I prefer to have my vacations centered around old cities, good restaurants, and museums with lots and lots of art. It was surprising then that I found the Royal Caribbean’s® Liberty of the Seas ship to be studded with some fairly decent art. The ship has two main stairwells both starboard and aft; the starboard side goes twelve floors and the aft side of the ship spans fourteen decks. On the wall in between each deck is a different piece of artwork – all two-dimensional (no multi-media, sculptures, textiles, etc.) There are acrylic paintings, watercolors, photographs, and digital art – and much of it is very evocative, which is good when you are trapped in a stairwell waiting to depart the ship for an excursion.

Also of interest are the thematic hallways. The hallway which held my cabin was the “Fact or Fiction” hallway and cabins were spaced with photographs from various sci-fi or fantasy movies including Star Wars, Edward Scissorhands, and The Matrix. Near the entrance for each section was a small sculpture (usually an odd rabbit-like creature) and a larger diorama of some sort. In my Fact-or-Fiction hallway, I had paper origami flying pigs. But I was more intrigued with some of the other hallways; Myths & Legends, Fiction & Fantasy, and Hocus Pocus. The Hocus Pocus hallway’s diorama was a collection of jars and potions, magic implements, and ephemera – a tad more interesting than my flying pig display.

I had great fun wandering all of the hallways to experience the art. There was an attempt to shot photos of all the work, but as I tried to do this right after having a rather stunning massage, I was not quite as steady on my feet as I could have been. I’ve included the notes of those pics I have included, but it is far from the hundreds of pieces which intrigued me.

Marta Volkova (b. 1955, Russian) Origin of the Paper Industry, oil on canvas. “As in Capitalist publicity and Socialist propaganda, statements are expressed through the combination of images and text – and Marta Volkova is playing with it in an enjoyable way.”

Karen Knorr (b. 1954, American) Série Fables (Carnavalet), 2004 Threshold, Ledoux’s Reception The Green Bedroom Louis XVI, Lamda C type Fuji Christal Archive print. “These photographs, taken at the Carnavalet Museum in Paris, France, allude to stories based on Aesop’s and La Fontaine’s Fables and Ovid’s Metamorphosis. While driven out of the countryside by an encroaching human presence, fox and vermin scavenge the buildings of urban France. This is a cautionary tale in the age of global warming in which non-human inhabitants share the cultural heritage of our museums.”

Maggie Taylor (b. 1961, American) Boy who loves water, Three trees – two rabbits, Poet’s house, Late, Woman who loves fish, Messenger – “These images are made using old trays, nineteenth century photographs of people, digital photographs, and scans that are assembled in the computer to create the finished piece. Each image is meant to invite interpretation and story-telling.”

Jeremy Kidd (b. 1962, British), Fictional Realities: Chrysler 2 – Light jet print on Fuji crystal paper. “The artist explores the making of fictional realities, places seen by the camera, which have been composed into personal experiences. Rather than actual observations, these ‘fictional realities’ are romanticized environments analogous to the way the artist choses to interpret his experience.”  Please note, accompanying pictures are correctly placed and the ships appear to be sailing upside-down.

MP & MP Rosado (b. 1971, Spanish) – Ceilings, 2006. Digital print and acrylic on archived paper. “The the works of MP & MP Rosado, the use of double elements makes it evident that they are twins. They work within their own reality, being ‘one mind and two boys’ and play with the viewer, making him doubt what is real.”

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