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Aker Wayfarer

By spotogspindel | October 2, 2010

Aker Solutions´grand new offshore ship is being Christened today. “Aker Wayfarer” is the name. And she´s a beauty! 11 stories high, with accommodation for 140 people.

It´s my first artwork decoration for an Aker ship, and I really hope they are satisfied.

Let me take you on a guided tour of the ship, starting with the mess.

“The international wayfarer regatta” is the long picture below. It is 6 meters long, and had to be assembled together onboard.

On another wall you´ll find this painting called “Around the Isle of Wight”.

Moving on to one of the lounges, the wayfarer-theme continues. All the sailboat pictures are painted, acrylics on wood.

Moving on to the library, you´ll see a series of old photographs from Aker´s own photo-archive. Aker wanted to showcase some it´s great history, and I had a great time working with these pictures. A lot of the time, all the serious people in black and white photos are so serious, and you become very estranged from them. I wanted to try to personalize the photos, by adding color to parts of them, preferably the people. To make them into individuals, and not “a bunch of old guy”.

The library shows pictures of the Christening of Fernglen.

The library-tour ends with my favorite picture: “The engineers!” The guys who drew the ships and all their intricate details.

Here is another lounge:

And the third lounge is a celebration of the working-class heros of yester-years.

This is the Captain´s lounge:

The people in the photo are a crew working at Aker about a hundred years ago.

It is a work-boat, so the people working onboard, can´t lounge around all day. So we move on to the conference-rooms. The first one with a series of “container-art” pictures. These are totally different than the rest of the ship´s art, but I thought it might b good with a burst of color in this room!

For the other conference-room, there is a calmer painting: “Sail away with me!” is 120 x 80 cm. See it come to live here and here.

Well, after all that work, lets move into the more private parts of the ship, starting with the Captain´s cabin (Which is pretty much like a suite!)

This is a picture of Oslo, you can see Aker Brygge and Rådhuset.

Moving on to the two client-cabins. Here are their pictures:

We also put artwork in each of six stories of stairs. Here they are:

And that completes the guided part of our tour of Aker Wayfarer. May she sail the seven seas with a good wind in her back!


Once again my dear Dad kept me company on the journey and helped me get everything in place.

All the old photos used in the collages that look like they´re from a factory, are from Aker´s own archive. Wayfarer photos used in the big regatta-picture are from The United Kingdoms Wayfarer Assosiation with kind permission. Any other photos are from my own archive.

Topics: Art | 4 Comments »

4 Responses to “Aker Wayfarer”

  1. gail Says:
    October 3rd, 2010 at 01:42

    What a huge job, and so beautifully done. You should be so proud!

  2. spotogspindel Says:
    October 4th, 2010 at 11:52

    Thank you so much!
    I´ve been working on it every day since June, so it´s taken some time. 🙂
    And yes, I am proud 🙂

  3. andrew finnie Says:
    October 5th, 2010 at 07:34

    Oh can I say ‘blody’? Well ‘blody’ hell Janne, this is just phenomenal, I am so impressed – and Im not easily impressed. Such an outpouring of creative energy – and everything so beautiful – you must feel exhausted! And as gail says – proud. And your dad must be excited to have produced someone so talented.

    Congratulations!! Champagne all round. I think you might be doing the whole fleet next 😉

  4. spotogspindel Says:
    October 5th, 2010 at 23:01

    Thank you so much, Andrew!
    I must admit I was a bit tired when we came back home after the trip. But I love the work, the creative possibilities that a ship like this gives.
    And yes, I think my Dad is proud of me 🙂