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ArtLink curates sophisticated art collection for Seabourn Ovation

Pieces from the collection of more than 1,600 works by nearly 120 artists
Seabourn Ovation will enter service in the spring with a world-class art collection curated by ArtLink at the invitation of the ship's designer, Adam D. Tihany.

ArtLink assembled more than 1,600 artworks by nearly 120 artists. Sourced on five continents, the artworks and craftworks are windows to the world's different climates, flora, fauna and habitat.

'We've worked with Adam and the ArtLink team to bring a large collection of sophisticated, fresh pieces together to give anyone who travels on Seabourn Ovation a reason to wander the ship and appreciate these inspiring works,' Seabourn president Rick Meadows said.

In a creative dialogue, Tihany provided his design vision for the ship while the ArtLink team curated art for each of the spaces, incorporating a diverse group of artists, media, techniques and cultures.

The collection includes a glass piece by Murano artist Luciano Vistosi, 'Warrior The Second,' created in 1991 of polished and hammered lagoon green crystal. It will be featured on Deck 4 at the base of the Atrium. A Vistosi sculpture is featured in the same spot on 2017 sister ship Seabourn Encore.

For The Grill by Thomas Keller, a classic American steak house, ArtLink's team selected black and white photographs from the 1960s. The photographs by American icons Eve Arnold, William Helburn and Alexander Liberman capture an era of glamor. They're accompanied by two original lithographs by American abstract expressionist Frank Stella.

Some of the other works in the collection for Seabourn Ovation include 'Black Coral' by Valeria Nascimento that graces the restaurant Sushi. Made of black pigmented porcelain, it looks like a living, breathing creature, projecting an aura of indestructibility despite the delicate nature of porcelain. The piece highlights the fragility of nature.

Korean ceramic artist Yoo Eui Jeong, who uses timeless Korean vase-making techniques to highlight the influence of contemporary culture on traditional art forms, was commissioned to create a one-of-a-kind vase to be displayed in Seabourn Ovation's elevator lobby.

The Club Lounge features mixed media photography by Jose Romussi. The black and white photograph of a woman incorporates lush hues of wild flowers that Romussi hand-embroidered onto the photograph. The woman's features are masked by flowers while their stems seem to be growing from beneath.

'We wanted to capture with art the emotional experiences of travel, the fascination in discovering new worlds and cultures, both those physically visited and those encountered by the discoverer in the soul search, which, when it comes to art, was always the most intriguing aspect of new world discovery,' said Tal Danai, founder & creative director of ArtLink.

'While design gives a space identity, art gives it personality,' Tihany added. 'The art collection on Seabourn Ovation is a holistic and intrinsic component of the ship's design.'