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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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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