Holland America Line's New ms Eurodam Blends Traditional Dutch Art and New Works



    
    From sculptures to paintings, wide range featured throughout ship
    

    SEATTLE, June 26 /CNW/ -- From the Dutch Golden Age to dramatic
sculpture, the new ms Eurodam will showcase a stunning range of artistic
works. The 2,104-guest liner -- Holland America Line's first Signature-class
ship -- honors the traditional Dutch art and artifacts integral to the Holland
America brand while extending the theme with contemporary works.
    "Working with VFD Architects of the Netherlands and Yran & Storbraaten
Architects of Norway, we've installed a truly impressive array of works
ranging from glass creations and oil paintings to digital collages and unique
chandelier sculptures," said Richard D. Meadows, CTC, executive vice
president, marketing, sales and guest programs.  "Some pieces provide a
glimpse into the Dutch Golden Age, while others feature contemporary messages
designed to intrigue and involve our guests."
    To assist Eurodam guests in viewing the entire collection, a self-guided,
narrated iPod virtual tour is offered, with iPods available for use free of
charge on the ship. But even prospective guests can enjoy the art and listen
to interviews with the artists, as a free download will be available on
Holland America's website and on iTunes.
    With one more passenger deck than Holland America's Vista-class ships,
the 11-deck Eurodam will be Holland America's largest ship with more public
areas, restaurants and staircases to showcase the new art. Included in the new
collection is a variation on a fleet favorite, the Lido pool sculpture.
    "We took a different tack from our traditional Lido sculpture," said
Meadows.  "Made of lightweight stone, the elegant structure functions as both
a sculpture and an eight-foot high waterfall which guests can walk through as
they enter or leave the pool. The word 'water' is subtly engraved in the stone
in 100 languages from around the world -- awaiting discovery by our guests."
The water sculpture is found at the end of the swimming pool on the Lido Deck.
    
    The Dutch Golden Age
    
    The Eurodam showcases the Dutch Golden Age in several public areas of the
ship. Highlighting the ship's mid-staircase is the painting, "The Nightwatch,
Two Minutes Later," by Dutch artists Aldert Mantje and Jan Maris. The
painting, part of The New Nightwatch project in 2006 to honor Rembrandt van
Rijn, at first appears like Rembrandt's original, until one notices slight
changes in the figures' positions. It is accompanied by a selection of
additional Rembrandt interpretations, his finest self-portraits and sketches
showing his development as an artist.
    Another inspired homage is the 17th century Old Masters Collage by father
and son artists Peter and Sven de Ru. Installed in the Pinnacle Grill, the
piece lifts the best and most famous details of 17th century Old Master
paintings and recombines them into a creative digital collage.
    History buffs will revel in the 17th century sea maps located at the aft
staircase. Drawn by Dutchman Johannes Vingboons between 1640 and 1670, the
maps show the trading routes of the Dutch East India Company's ships around
the world -- remarkably accurate considering he never left the Netherlands.
Additionally, several of Vingboons' landscape drawings provide a glimpse of
life in the 17th century and sailing ship adventures, including Havana Bay in
1665.
    At the entrance to the Rembrandt Dining Room is a fascinating showcase
containing broken ceramic plates, Delftware and Chinese spoons from a Chinese
ship that sank 300 years ago near Indonesia, then a Dutch colony. These relics
were culled from the 70,000 pieces recovered from the shipwreck.
    Additional contemporary artists depicting Dutch heritage are Jan van 't
Hoff, who paints still life in the centuries-old tradition, and Charles Bell,
whose paintings are intense with monumental dimensions depicting fruit and
flowers in casual broad strokes and vibrant colors on large canvases.  Also
featured are Stephen Card, a British artist whose paintings richly detail past
Holland America cruise ships, and Dutch painter Bas Sebus, whose work -- a
blend of the real and surreal -- is in high demand by private collectors.
    Not all of the Eurodam's spectacular art is at eye level. Adorning the
central Atrium is a chandelier-inspired sculpture -- an artistic cluster of
transparent flowers descending from the ceiling. The white mother-of-pearl
colored flowers will be lit up in different shades that change throughout the
day with brighter colors during the day and warmer colors through the evening.
The Atrium piece is designed by VFD/ Vincent Jansen and executed by the Dutch
company, Transtech, who has a second abstract ceiling sculpture featured in
the main Dining Room.
    On the Lido Deck more art abounds, pieces that complement the large
waterfall sculpture by the swimming pool. In Canaletto, the new casual Italian
restaurant, two glass sculptures mark the entrance. Created by British artist
Galia Amsel, the swooping shapes emphasize movement, rhythm and tension.
    Glass panels, on the walls in the Italian-themed Canaletto restaurant
feature gold leaf and painted script from the Scandinavian team of Birgitta
Ahlin and Sirkka Lehtonen. Also showcased on the Lido Deck are framed prints
by Seet van Hout; two bronze torsos by Dutch sculptor Eppe de Haan, each
balancing on a cube that is his artistic signature; and a bronze sculpture by
French artist Arman Pierre, who was a founding member of the Nouveaux
Realistes in 1960.
    Under the Magrodome on the Lido Deck stands "Wantennas" by Austrian
Katrin Maurer -- a pair of sculptures constructed of glass elements,
sandblasted with individual colors and augmented with her original poetry.
    Located in the Crow's Nest on Deck 11 of the Eurodam, fittingly installed
at the entrance to the Explorations Cafe powered by The New York Times, is a
keyboard-head sculpture by Rick van Rijswick. Also in the Crow's Nest are
sculptures by Hanneke Fokkelman, sea-creature-like glass balls which appear to
be illuminated from the inside, an effect created by cutting, sandblasting and
reheating the glass.
    Several decks below, in the Neptune Lounge, two paper sculptures by Mark
Jamieson are featured, along with two mechanical sculptures by Keith Newstead;
both artists are British.
    The Eurodam art collection isn't strictly European. In a nod to the
United States, the Sports Bar features a tribute to American baseball with
photographs of Joe DiMaggio's professional career and his marriage to Marilyn
Monroe. Enormous baseball gloves serve as chairs and an exact replica of the
World Series trophy, also called the "commissioners trophy," is displayed.
    Asian art is also featured onboard. Tamarind, the 144-seat pan-Asian
restaurant on Deck 10 -- a new alternative dining option offered to Holland
America guests -- offers ocean views outside, but the eye is drawn to the
Asian antiques inside.  At Tamarind's entrance, a pair of lion dogs stands
guard, along with a sculpture of Buddha surrounded by disciples seated in the
"calling the earth to witness" and "subduing Mara" posture.  In the Silk Den
are framed antique pipes from the Bayon period of the 12th to early 19th
centuries.
    Complementing its new facilities, the Signature-class Eurodam continues
several much-admired Holland America Line features, including outside-view
glass elevators at midship; the Explorations CafC) (an Internet cafe powered
by The New York Times); the Pinnacle Grill and Pinnacle Bar; the innovative
Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine Magazine, where culinary experts
provide cooking demonstrations and intimate classes in a state-of-the-art
onboard show kitchens; an expanded Greenhouse Spa and Salon with thermal
suites, hydro-pool and the largest gymnasium ever built for Holland America
Line; and a youth facility that includes the teens-only Loft.
    The Eurodam debuts this summer with European inaugural festivities,
including a July 1st naming ceremony in Rotterdam with Her Majesty Queen
Beatrix of the Netherlands, followed by a Maiden Voyage in the Baltic region.
The ship will offer its first trans-Atlantic cruise and sail Canada/New
England in the fall, followed by Caribbean itineraries for the remainder of
2008.


    
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     CONTACT:  Rose Abello
     PHONE:    800-637-5029
     FAX:      206-262-5934
     EMAIL:    pr@hollandamerica.com
    




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For further information: Rose Abello of Holland America Line, 
1-800-637-5029, fax, +1-206-262-5934, pr@hollandamerica.com Web Site:
http://www.hollandamerica.com


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