The Crystal Ship


 © Kimberly Hoskens 

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.  

Work by Isaac Cordal © Kimberly Hoskens 

"The city becomes a paradise for lovers of (street) art."

Work by Isaac Cordal © Kimberly Hoskens 

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.  

Work by Isaac Cordal (left) and ROA (right) © Kimberly Hoskens 

Work by Isaac Cordal © Kimberly Hoskens 

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!  

Work by Robert Montgomery © Kimberly Hoskens 

Who doesn't love the seaside?  © Kimberly Hoskens 

Explored the city and found these lovely houses. © Kimberly Hoskens 

Work by Agostino Iacurci © The Crystal Ship

Work by Ella & Pitr © The Crystal Ship

Work by Jaune © Kimberly Hoskens 

Work by Jaune © Jaune

I don't know much about street art, so I am hoping to expand my knowledge in the near future. So you can expect some more blogposts about this.

Website of the Crystal Ship



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