May 31, 2001
Whether you can paint a pretty fine watercolor or are stashing Grandma’s antique Limoge china in the attic, know this: Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is on the hunt for fine art. The ship, due for launch in late 2003, has announced, somewhat unusually, that it is seeking artwork to fill cabins, hallways and public rooms; typically, cruise lines simply (and quietly) hire art consultants to pull together a collection. Which is what makes us wonder if they’re asking for contributions. Apparently, the near-150,000 ton ship, which, when unveiled, will easily surpass Royal Caribbean’s Voyager and Explorer of the Seas as the biggest-ship-ever, is looking for 5,000 pieces. Included in Queen Mary 2’s portfolio will be the commissioning of over 300 art works, including sculptures, mosaics, oils, watercolors and murals. Cunard anticipates major features of the ship’s art collection to include, as well, tapestry, trompe l’oeil painted ceilings and sculpture relief along with the usual limited edition prints to decorate cabins. The ocean liner, which recently completed tank tests, begins construction early next year.