‘Tides of Motion’ was unveiled to hundreds of guests during the naming ceremony of SAGA cruises new build state-of-the-art ship, ‘Spirit of Discovery’, on 5 July 2019 at the historic port of Dover.
‘Tides of Motion’, sited in The Living Room, Deck 5, is prominently positioned where guests first enter the ship and rendezvous with fellow passengers throughout their voyage.
SAGA worked with the skilled team of art consultants at SMC Design, a leading design consultancy in the maritime sector, commissioning dozens of British artists. The final art collection onboard showcases the geography, landscapes and palettes of the British Isles.
‘Tides of Motion’ – the inspiration
Sally and Richard were invited to create a sculpture that was their interpretation of a sense of ‘Britishness’. They took their inspiration from the rich complexity of the British nation, a celebration of the cultural diversity which has been shaped by the land and its geography, Britain’s climate, history, and particularly it’s seafaring and trading history.
‘We have always experienced tides of movement to and from our shores and our influences have been global,’ says Richard. ‘It is this diversity and richness of cultural heritage and history along with our land’s influences that make us the nation we are today.’
‘Tides of Motion’ – the sculpture
Layers of information are discoverable within ‘Tides of Motion’. Surface mark making and textures are informed by layering of history in the earth and our language. Land forms, natural formation and the lines generated within them, influenced the shaping of the sculpture and are contained within sweeping arcs that outline the form and that hint at our maritime identity, all of which are also suggested within the richly associative polychromatic painted surfaces. The bright optical qualities of the glass are shaped to magnify and refract offering a sense of continual movement. Areas of curving bands of mirror reflect the immediate surroundings inviting you to explore and experience new discoveries.