2,645 art pieces worth over $4.1 Million set sail on a world-class floating art gallery

Amber Alexandria

Holland America Line's Rotterdam set sail for the first time this month on October 20th. Holland America Line ships have a history of being viewed as floating art galleries due to the ship's extensive museum-quality artwork collections.

Magnus Sodamin created a visually stimulating mural that adorns the wall in Sel De MerHolland America Line

What can be described as a museum at sea holds 2,645 pieces of diverse artwork from artists who hail from over 37 countries that include the United States, Italy, Australia, Canada, Russia and China.

Okuda San Miguel’s fiberglass sculpture of an otter in the aft stairwell lobby on Deck 9Holland America Line

Rotterdam's art collection was curated by Oslo-based YSA Design and London-based ArtLink, who collaborated with hospitality design studio Tihany Design. The art pieces range in value from $500 to $620,000. The 2,654 pieces can be located on the decks, public rooms and staterooms.

A fiberglass sculpture of an otter in the aft stairway lobby on Deck 9 by Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel is considered one of the most avant-garde pieces in the collection. San Miguel is well-known for his unique style of vivid geometric patterns depicting animals, skulls, religious imagery, and human beings.

“Harps,” a 7.5-ton stainless steel sculpture in Rotterdam’s Atrium spans three decksHolland America Line

"Harps," a 7.5-ton stainless steel sculpture in the Atrium that spans three decks, is the largest and most expensive piece. The artwork is a striking focal point on board, with dynamic color-changing spot lighting and a mirrored ceiling.

ArtLink produced and designed "Harps" based on a concept by Tihany Design. The 7.5-ton stainless steel sculpture is valued at $620,000.

Yongsun Jang created cello and pan flute sculptures for Rotterdam's B.B. King’s Blues Club/Lincoln Center StageHolland America Line

Many of the works are centered around entertainment, with themes of music, dancing, and movement intertwined with the ship's narrative of a "new sound of cruising." Photography, painting, mixed media, illustration, prints, and sculpture are among the mediums used in the works.

Each stairway has a theme that runs from top to bottom. The forward stairs have an architectural theme, the midship stairs have a musical theme, and the aft stairs have a zoological theme.

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