Monday, 2 August 2010

SHIP BUILDING HISTORY


"Von der Tann" screenprint, woodcut, and watercolor on Rives BFK paper 65 x 50 cm. edition of 9 with 2 artist proofs


Blohm & Voss is a German shipbuilding and engineering works founded in 1877, today a subsidiary of ThyssenKrupp Marine. Over the past 130 years they have build some of the world's foremost vessels from ocean liners such as the 1930 Blue Riband winner SS Europa to Roman Abramovich's superyacht M/Y Eclipse, the world's largest private yacht at over 538 feet long. Today, B & V builds frigates and patrol boats for various navies, private mega-yachts, and commercial ships.

We approached Blohm and Voss with the idea of creating a series of artworks highlighting some of their historic vessels. Von der Tann was ordered in Sept. 1907, laid down in March 1908 and launched in March 1909! She was Germany's first turbine - powered warship and the fastest dreadnought afloat, capable of reaching speeds of 27 knots. She participated in the Battle of Jutland and sank the British battleship HMS Indefatigable.

The image of the ship is printed from a woodcut, brush - inked and printed on an antique press at AGA studio in Amsterdam. A series of prints depicting a company's historic builds could not only be displayed nicely in the lobby or conference room, but a boxed set of the same prints would make a great gift to a departing executive or CEO.

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