The Crystal Ship 2018: “Requiem for Migrants, Requiem for the Liberal Order” by Gaia

Hello everyone:). I am currently waiting at Brussels Airport for my flight to Valencia, and to pass the time, ideal moment to quickly create a new blogpost isn’t it:)? Let’s continue with The Crystal Ship series, a mural painted by Gaia during last year’s edition (2018).

Gaia grew up in New York City and is a 2011 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. His studio work, installations and gallery projects have been exhibited throughout the world most notably The Baltimore Museum of Art, Rice Gallery in Houston, the Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive in Spoleto and the Civil and Human Rights Museum in Atlanta. His street work has been documented and featured in several books on urban art, including Beyond the Street: The 100 Leading Figures in Urban Art, (Berlin, 2010) and Outdoor Gallery (New York, 2014). Gaia was listed as a 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Art and Style recipient in Art and Style and was a Fullbright beneficiary to study and paint in New Delhi and Bogotá on behalf of the State Department. In addition to a prolific and precocious artistic practice, Gaia has curated projects funded by the National Endowment for the arts, and consults with brands and NGO’s on creative place-making projects. Gaia lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland, but spends a majority of his time painting murals across the world and has produced works in all six habitable continents.

The artwork is a lifevest with red poppies and carnations hovering above the North Sea and adjacent to the austere ‘Seamen’s Memorial’ (1954) by sculptor Willy Kreitz. An awesome striking memorial to the migrants and fisherman who lost their lives at sea.Gaia 1Gaia 2

Location: Corner Cirkelstraat & Visserskaai

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1 thought on “The Crystal Ship 2018: “Requiem for Migrants, Requiem for the Liberal Order” by Gaia

  1. Heja, that vest really is a sight. Every port should have something like that. – (Just to let you know: This Mozilla Firefox is blocking your page with a securty alert. False positive or something amiss?)

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