The Crystal Ship Oostende 2019 In Pictures

April 15, 2019

When it comes to the 2019 edition of The Crystal Ship festival in Oostende, I can only say - very well done. This Belgian town once again affirms itself as one of the top street art destinations on the planetary level, with over 50 extraordinary murals adorning its walls and streets. Ostend and The Crystal Ship continue to complement and support each other, and the result is a remarkable project and an exciting experience for everyone involved.

Under the theme of The Dictatorship of Art introduced for the first time on the occasion of the festival's fourth edition, The Crystal Ship brought together some of the most brilliant street art names out there. On our second day at the festival, we talked to curator Bjørn Van Poucke about the selection process of these artists and what it is that makes this particular event special and different from others.

In my humble opinion, one of those things is that, aside from the wall paintings popping up at various locations of this not-so-small town, The Crystal Ship is dedicated to developing other means of public art. In 2019, they had a partnership with the pupils of the Ensor Institute who created a painting themselves; they had Crystal Wagner install a great big piece inside a shopping mall; The Bar Bar had stenciled insects crawling across the city; Wasted Rita put up some great street signs (you can see all of them here); and Helen Bur painted small portraits of residents and friends in different spots everywhere.

It is also great to see an almost equal number of female artists in the festival's line-up, and we can count on it being the case again in the future.

Below, find the images of artworks from The Crystal Ship Ostend 2019. In the captions, you can also find more information about the artists and the works.

Bjorn Van Poucke and Henrik Haven by Helen Bur The Crystal Ship Ostend 2019
Portraits of curator Bjorn Van Poucke (left) and photographer Henrik Haven with his daughter (right) created by Helen Bur. Image by Widewalls

David Walker (left) and Jaune (right) portrayed by Helen Bur, The Crystal Ship Ostend 2019
Portraits of artists David Walker (left) and Jaune (right) by Helen Bur. Image by Widewalls

Helen Bur, The Crystal Ship Oostende 2019
Helen Bur went around Oostende, asking the residents if they would like to be portrayed. Image by Widewalls

Helen Bur, The Crystal Ship Oostende 2019
All of the portraits Helen Bur has done for The Crystal Ship depict people from behind, and the demand for them was high! Image by Widewalls

Miss Van by Helen Bur The Crystal Ship Ostend 2019
Artist Miss Van and her boyfriend by Helen Bur. Photo by Egmond Dobbelaere

Helen Bur at The Crystal Ship Ostend 2019
Helen Bur at The Crystal Ship Ostend 2019. Collage by Egmond Dobbelaere

Case MaClaim The Crystal Ship Ostend 2019
Case Maclaim's mural on the wall of Ron's Pub, of a man he met inside. Image by Widewalls

Crystal Wagner The Crystal Ship Ostend 2019
Crystal Wagner's installation inside the Feest- & Culture Shopping Mall. The installation took nine days to build and install, and it is made of recyclable kite material. Image by Widewalls

David Walker The Crystal Ship Ostend 2019
David Walker's wall. Image by Widewalls

Escif The Crystal Ship Ostend 2019
Escif's nod to Tintin and his dog. Image by Widewalls

Escif The Crystal Ship Ostend 2019
Escif's "Save the Planet" mural, using a "cute and fluffy dog" to convey an important message on global warming. Image by Widewalls

Jaune The Crystal Ship Ostend 2019
Jaune painting. You can see his entire wall here. Photo by Egmond Dobbelaere

Lonac The Crystal Ship Ostend 2019
Lonac painted this everyday scene from his hometown of Zagreb, Croatia. Photo by Egmond Dobbelaere

Marina Capdevila The Crystal Ship Ostend 2019
Marina Capdevila's coctail-enjoying grandma, breaking the stereotypes about older generations. Photo by Henrik Haven

Miss Van The Crystal Ship Ostend 2019
Miss Van's portrait. Image by Widewalls

Mohamed L'Ghacham The Crystal Ship Ostend 2019
Mohamed L'Ghacham's wall, once again highlighting the importance of human relationships and the things that bind us together. Courtesy The Crystal Ship

Tom Herck The Crystal Ship Ostend 2019
Tom Herck's 5 Euro bill origami-ed inside a bottle to resemble a war ship. Courtesy The Crystal Ship

Paola Delfin The Crystal Ship 2019
The 40-meter tall mural by Paola Delfin, depicting The Crystal Ship team and the building caretaker (top). Courtesy The Crystal Ship

Leon Keer The Crystal Ship 2019
3D street artist Leon Keer in Progress. The three vases convey the effects of global warming and should be seen from a certain perspective for full effect. Courtesy The Crystal Ship

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