Janne Robberstad

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Skandi Skansen

By spotogspindel | June 28, 2011

A brand new DOF supply vessel is about to be Christened. Yesterday I was at the Aukra Shipyard onboard the ship to get all the artwork on the walls and ready for sailing.

Skandi Skansen is the name of the ship, and it is named after an old part of Bergen. Some of the motifs in my art are from Skansen, so why don´t we start the tour in the dayroom, where there are two pictures from the old fire-station at Skansen:

This is the fire-station from behind, where there is a big water-reservoare.

And here is the tower, with a good view over the city centre.

I just have to show you part of the ceiling as well, isn´t it cool?

Moving on to the mess.

Indoor windows allow daylight into the room via the dayroom. In the mess here are four pictures from the tiny streets around Skansen and area. In Norwegian they´re called “Smau”. The bigger ones have room for a car, but certainly not all of them. They´re quite exotic, actually! (Terribly expensive to live here though!)

(The ship wasn´t completely finished when I was onboard, here part of the ceiling in the hall-way is lying on the mess-tables, while electricians were doing their finishing touches on the down-lights in the hall)

I´d love to live on this street!

As we climb the stairs, we pass this painting with motif from Lepsøy, outside Bergen:

(You can read about the process here.) I actually lived a year near this sea-house, my first year working as a folk high school teacher.

And just before we reach the floor with the lounges, we find another stairway-painting, this time the motif is from Sweden:

See the process here.

Entering the lounge, this is what you´ll see:

The Captain´s lounge first, and the smokers´ lounge in the back.

I really like the cream leather sofas, they make the room look so exclusive!

This is from one of my favorite ship-yards, where they fix old boats.

… and part of an old sailboat.

The other corner of the room.

Just out of curiosity: does anyone know what “Halegatt” is in English? I can´t find it in my dictionary. It is what is on the picture, the hole that the ropes go through.

Update: Just got a mail telling me it´s called a hawsepipe.  Thanks, Sid!

Moving into the smokers´ lounge, there is a lovely angled sofa, where my “Ups and downs” picture really comes to it´s right.

Three bows form the lines in this picture.

In the other corner, you´ll find a little copper-city, where the motto is to Live Out Loud!

This is oxidized copper, with mesh of copper and brass, and a series of found objects.

Moving on to the cabins. First, the captain:

This one is called “Full speed ahead!”.

Next is the chief engineer´s cabin:

An old diving-helmet reappears to the surface.

Moving on tho the room where all the important decisions are made: the conference-room.

This is a series of silk-prints on aluminum. I´ve never tried this combination before, but really like the crispness of the expression.

I´ve used my poem “On the shores”, which is an ode to the beauty of the wild landscape along the Norwegian coastline in general, and the islands especially.

And finally we reach the top: the Sky-lounge!

One big white wall just waiting to be filled with color! This is where my favorite pictures on this ship is.

All close-ups of the sides of ships and boats, but with a new visual expression, more “modern” in a way.

Another angle of the room.

This is my Dad´s little boat actually.

You´d never know, but this boat is in Port Townsend.

And the last picture in the series.

Hope you´ve enjoyed the tour!


Topics: Art | 6 Comments »

6 Responses to “Skandi Skansen”

  1. ida Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 17:00

    Amazing work Janne!

  2. Teleri Says:
    June 28th, 2011 at 21:32

    Great, just great 🙂 I love everything about ships and boats and harbours and maps and stuff, though I never lived by the sea (sadly). The ups and downs are awesome and how the maps look like they were printed on the outside of the ships.

    When I saw the first picture with the water reservoir I thought “Are they kidding? Who the h* needs a water reservoir in a city like Bergen?!” Then I looked at a map where Skansen is actually located.. 😀

  3. andrew finnie Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 04:01

    Haha Janne it is not often that I am lost for words, but my jaw is no resting on my lap (I will need surgery later today to fix it 🙂

    Well wow you are just amazing, just amazing.
    Did I say you were amazing?

    What a body of work and it’;s all so wonderful. Boy you must have a drive that is beyond the realm of us mere mortals ! (not that I am a mere mortal … I just meant the ‘other’ mere mortals)

    Congratulations, I would love to visit this ship and admire your work…

    see you in a while, my psychologist is making me take a break hahahahaahhhhhhahahahahah! not that I am losing it or anything 🙂

    he has prescribed surfing and painting, but not at the same time

    he also noted I was wearing my clothes a little ‘tighter’ —– hmm, I might report him for making slanderous remarks 🙂

    see you when I get out!

    PS my new dress is great :O)

  4. andrew finnie Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 05:04

    oh yes I have read some Bryson, he is wonderful ascerbic and witty – too witty sometimes 🙂

  5. michelle Says:
    June 29th, 2011 at 16:59

    gorgeous!!! congratulations on a job VERY well done! you are amazing. i especially love the 4 pieces in the sky lounge. i will never look at ships the same!

  6. Harry Knox Says:
    March 5th, 2012 at 23:55

    I am the Vessel Manager for the Skandi Skansen. I just wanted to let you know that I think your art really complements the vessel and I love looking at it every time I am onboard. I seem to notice something new every time!

    Good work! I look forward to seeing more of your work on other DOF vessels.