Janne Robberstad

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Skandi Aker

By spotogspindel | January 8, 2010

DOF´s newest pride, Skandi Aker is another huge multi-purpose-ship, the sister-ship of Skandi Acergy and Skandi Arctic.

Once again I have been the lucky artist to decorate one of DOF´s beautiful ships. Here is a presentation of the artwork, and some of the thoughts behind them.

For the mess I´ve made three Love-shields. Or life-shilelds. Inspired by the african tribal warrior-shields, but with the opposite intension. They are made to protect the owner with peace, trough learning, living and loving.love-shields

Part of mastering the wonderful challenge of living is to be open to what life offers you. A life-long learning prosess through using your senses and your thougt.


Life is our common unique adventure. As far as we know we only live once, so we can choose to get as much out of it as possible. And by that I don´t mean, climbing the Himalayas, I mean to be wide awake and aware of your own life, be an active part of your destiny.


Love, the easiest, most difficult thing ever. The most wonderful of all primary needs.


All shields are made of oxydized copper and brass.


On the same floor are four lounges, including a library. My favorite quote by William Shakespeare is now for ever etched into copper and brass.

What a piece of work is man
How noble in reason
How infinite in faculties
In form and moving
How express and admirable
In action how like an angel
In apprehension how like a god
The beauty of the world
The paragon of animals


Another theme I have worked with on this ship is light.

In these two first pictures, I´ve worked with the importance of the lighthouses, how they kept thousands of sailors safe at sea. And even today, when everything is modernized and electronic, it is a very recent part of our past that should be appreciated. Well, many light-houses are still in use, even though they are not manually worked.



Bothe the lighthouse-pictures above and the one below are photo-collages. Can you see the family-photo in the top one? I imagine it´s of a light-house guard and his family. The original is 2 meters long (ca.7 feet), so there are lots of details lost in the very small version you can see here.


Part of the library. All the chairs are still missing in this photo.

The picture below also has a light-house theme to it, and it decorates the smallest of the conference-rooms.



The picture below is from the second, and larger conference-room. I have made two photo-collage pictures for this room. Both in a very typical nostalgic, Norwegian coast-cutural setting.





In the smoker´s lounge, you can find this picture: “Quo Vadis?”



And you can dance with the wind like a true derwish.



Or you can simply get lost i dreams of summer…


Here is the artwork in one of the other lounges:



(They look so different in daytime light and indoor-light, that´s why I am posting both versions)


On the label it says with really small writing:

Too much of a good thing is wonderful!


Another light. This time as a feather.

And from the fourth lounge:






Four floors up is the captain´s lounge. Here are my three pictures that decorate this room:


All these turquoise pictures are acrylics painted on layered watercolor-paper, and collaged with found objects. Although some of the words I “found” it neccessary to make in oxydized brass/copper.





And here are the pictures in his cabin (which is the size of a small apartment!)


Here you´d be sitting at the Captain´s table… if there were any chairs here.


He is encouraged to “Sing loud”.


The chief officer has four pictures from China.

straw copy

roof copy

orange copy

dress copy

And finally here is a picture from one of the clients´ cabin. This one is from India:


Topics: Art | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “Skandi Aker”

  1. Monica Says:
    January 8th, 2010 at 22:23

    And you did it again! Fantastisk flott,Janne! 😉

  2. Inger-Marie Sæverud Says:
    January 9th, 2010 at 01:20

    Amazing work, Janne, so beautiful artwork! I especially love the way you mix textures 🙂

  3. Leslie Anderson Says:
    February 11th, 2010 at 23:25

    Your art is beautiul. I will be following your blog!