What if an exhibition goes beyond the walls of a museum? That’s what happened in the coastcity Oostende. Bjorn van Poucke has created the project ‘The Crystal Ship‘. It’s an art festival spread all over the city, not only are there some monumental works, even miniscule ones are placed all over. It’s a great way to explore the city and come in contact with some lovely art.
On a sunny springday, we arrived at the festival. Upon arrival we got a map of the city. The monumental works were clearly marked, while the tiny ones made the visit a scavenger hunt throughout the city. I felt like a little child hunting for treasures.
“The city becomes a paradise for lovers of (street) art.”
I wish there were more hours in a day, so I would have more time to admire all the work. Luckily the work of (almost) every artist will remain in the city for a minimum of two years. The participating artists are from all over the globe, with names like Isaac Cordal, Roa, Jaune, Agostino Iacurci, … (just to name a few) the city becomes a paradise for lovers of (street) art.
It’s an interesting concept, to perk up a city with art. As the organisation said, a lot of people don’t bother to take the (first) step to enter a museum, with this festival the art is brought to them.
If you are ever in the neigbourhood, have fun exploring!
I don’t know much about street art, so I am hoping to expand my knowledge in the near future.
Website of the Crystal Ship
This was originally published on Our Pursuit of Art.