Art By Bill Frampton
The London-based marine interior design
firms Tillberg Design and the Design Team created detailed specifications
for a multi-million dollar contract to supply nearly 5,000 works of art for
the pleasure of the 2,620 guests aboard the 150,000-ton ship. The contract
was awarded to the Netherlands art consultant firm Onderneming & Kunst
(Enterprise & Art).
Queen Mary 2 is the largest passenger
ship ever built, and she possesses an art
collection worthy of her status. Cunard Line has always been a patron of the
arts, and Cunard liners have always been repositories of fine art. QM2 continues this tradition in grand style.
Works will range from free-standing
bronze and glass sculptures to expansive murals, oil paintings, watercolors,
mosaics, reliefs, models, and many other works. Major elements of the
liner's art collection include a sculptural relief of some 450 square feet,
a 300-square-foot tapestry, a number of oil paintings in the range of 250-
to 300-square-feet each, several groupings of oversized bronze sculptures
and a trompe d'oeuil painted ceiling of 1,200 square feet. In addition, the
company supplied some 4,000 limited edition prints for use in cabins and
companionways on board.
Cunard Line, one of the
world's most recognized brand names with a classic British heritage, has
been in the business of providing luxury ocean travel for more than 160
years. The Cunard fleet includes famed Queen Elizabeth 2 and Caronia
(formerly the Vistafjord).
Cunard Line is a unit of
Carnival Corporation (NYSE: CCL) and a member of the exclusive World's
Leading Cruise Lines alliance, which also includes Carnival Cruise Lines,
Seabourn Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Costa Cruises and Windstar
Cruises. Together, these member lines share a commitment to quality and
value, offering cruise vacations that appeal to the widest range of
lifestyles and budgets and sail to some of the world's most exciting