The Crystal Ship, Ostend

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The Crystal Ship, Ostend

Impressive street art festival updates historic Belgian city with work from the scene's leading names...

Some might say there’s not much to look at in Ostend, Belgium. Its long sandy beach has been a draw for hundreds of years, and it has spent time as one of Europe’s most stylish seaside retreats; bombed to buggery in WWII, though, and rebuilt with a lack of character, these days the old fortified port town doesn’t have much of a rep as a looker.

The Crystal Ship, Ostend Street Art Festival

1010. Photo, Henrik Haven

Not until The Crystal Ship sailed into town. Harnessing the positive energy that contemporary street art brings with it, curator Bjørn Van Poucke has collaborated with the city of Ostend to bring the work of an impressive roster of leading international artists to its urban space; over 20 murals and some 200 smaller interventions cropping up over a two week period.

Making waves during this year’s Easter holidays, Van Poucke’s Crystal Ship brought with it street art talents like Roa, Pixelpancho, Cyrcle, Agostino Iacurci, and Guido Van Helten; creating permanent mural work and a series of temporary installations — both impressive in appearance and scale: ‘nowhere else in Europe have so many artists in this genre been brought together for a joint arts festival,’ explains lead man Bjørn Van Poucke, ‘right in the centre of the city, the place where people live and work. That is pretty unique.’

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Roa

Roa. Photo, Bjørn Van Poucke

Agostino Iacurci

Agostino Iacurci. Photo, Henrik Haven

Agostino Iacurci

Agostino Iacurci. Photo, Henrik Haven

Faith47

Faith47. Photo, Henrik Haven

Cyrcle

Cyrcle. Photo, Henrik Haven

1010

1010. Photo, Henrik Haven

Biancoshock

Biancoshock. Photography, Mark Rigney

Biancoshock
Ella & Pitr
Ella & Pitr

Ella & Pitr

Ella & Pitr
Faith47

Faith47. Photo, Henrik Haven

Eversiempre

Eversiempre. Photo, Henrik Haven

Eversiempre

Eversiempre. Photo, Henrik Haven

Pixelpancho

Pixelpancho. Photo, Arne Deboosere

Guido Van Helten

Guido Van Helten. Photo, Henrik Haven

Isaac Cordal
Isaac Cordal

Isaac Cordal. Photography, Henrik Haven

Isaac Cordal
Mister Fiksit

Mister Fiksit. Photo, Arne Deboosere

Fintan Magee

Fintan Magee. Photo, Henrik Haven

Franco Fasoli

Franco Fasoli. Photo, Henrik Haven

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