“The sculptures are carved from sycamore, in a ribbon or spiral-shell-like form, with the internal surface painted off-white. They are designed to invoke a feeling of flow, movement and meditation in the viewer”
Works by sculptor and artist Richard Fox, from Old Minster Lovell, have been chosen by P&O Cruises to be part of Britain’s largest floating art collection on its ship Britannia, which launches in March next year.
Richard has produced two sculptures for the Indian restaurant Sindhu – some of the 8,000 pieces of art to be displayed on Britannia showcasing a diverse range of styles and disciplines.
The multi-million pound art collection represents a new approach by P&O Cruises to Britannia’s artworks, with pieces chosen to complement and enhance the ship’s designs to give the feel of a luxury hotel.
Art consultant Tom Tempest-Radford, who has compiled the collection in conjunction with Britannia’s designers, Richmond International, has focused on a variety of textures, surfaces and fine detail to complement Britannia’s interiors and create sophisticated, yet comfortable, surroundings.
He added: “Britannia is going to be very different to other P&O Cruises ships and I feel it could set a whole new standard. The richness of artistic materials is amazing and there is a huge variety of really crafted materials that create an incredible depth of flavour.”
Richard, who is known for his simple and elegant pieces made of sycamore or bronze, said: “The sculptures are carved from sycamore, in a ribbon or spiral-shell-like form, with the internal surface painted off-white. They are designed to invoke a feeling of flow, movement and meditation in the viewer.”
Britannia is the biggest ship built for the British cruise market, and will offer a sophisticated, contemporary holiday experience across health and beauty, shopping and entertainment with a strong focus on dining.
Special features include The Cookery Club, a 24 person state-of-the-art cookery school developed in association with James Martin; a three-tier feature atrium with Eric Lanlard patisserie, a charcuterie and gelateria as well as spectacular Star Burst sculpture; Sindhu restaurant by Atul Kochhar and Olly Smith’s The Glass House; gala menus created by Marco Pierre White; plus The Limelight Club, a combined entertainment and dining venue in the great tradition of the supper club.
About P&O Cruises
P&O Cruises has a fleet of seven ships offering holidays tailored to British tastes combining genuine service, a sense of occasion and attention to detail, ensuring passengers have the holiday of a lifetime, every time. Azura was launched in April 2010 – officially named by Godmother Darcey Bussell CBE. Small ship Adonia was added to the fleet in May 2011, named by Dame Shirley Bassey, DBE. Britannia, a new 141,000 ton ship, will be added to the fleet in spring 2015.