After recent highlights of freshly wrapped up The Crystal Ship festival in Belgium's Ostend, we're bringing you a big photo recap by our contributing photographer Ian Cox. From small interventions by C215, Jaune or Lavalet to powerful new mural by Ricky Lee Gordon and large illustrative pieces by Phlegm and Alexis Diaz, the event produced some seriously good public works.
Photography by Ian Cox
South African Ricky Lee Gordon painted a large monochromatic image showing a vintage looking portrait from a woman, half covered by the ocean. The emotive image pays tribute to the memories of small and big encounters in our life, and the efforts we need to put into preserving them. Phlegm painted a large, intricate mural showing a scene from his unique and recognizable universe filled with familiar and new characters and creatures. Meanwhile, Alexis Diaz worked long hours completing one of his most complex creations ever, composing somewhat of an emblem from local-inspired imagery. Norwegian Henrik Uldalen, invited as a guest from Nuart festival, painted a large version of his recognizable expressive portraits on a brick wall facade in a residential area, while Argentinian Pastel composed one of his floral arrangements. Bringing a taste of text based art to the festival, Spanish artist Spy created a parody piece entirely created by randomly typing on a computer and than painting the "text" onto a large facade. From small, hard to find pieces to monumental creations, from bustling shopping streets to industrial outskirts, Ostend got a nice makeover in the past week, courtesy of some of the world most respected street artists and festival curator, Bjørn Van Poucke. —Sasha Bogojev