NCL’s 1st Chinese Ship Will Feature Tan Ping’s Hull Art

NCL announced that renowned Chinese artist Tan Ping will design the hull artwork for Norwegian Joy. Scheduled for release in Summer 2017, with home porting in Shanghai and Beijing, Norwegian Joy will be NCL’s 1st ship that is purpose-built for the Chinese market.

A painter, printmaker and educator, Tan Ping straddles the worlds of both art and design. His abstract paintings and copper plate etchings are in the collections of prominent museums around the world. Tan Ping also led and directed a team of designers from Central Academy of Fine Arts to complete the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games Image and Landscape Design Project.

His subject for Norwegian Joy is the phoenix, a mythical bird believed to reign supreme over all birds of the world. It is a ubiquitous motif in Chinese art and can be found throughout the centuries in paintings, silk brocades and architectural flourishes.

"The Phoenix symbolizes beauty and good luck in Chinese culture, and Norwegian Joy will bridge across the West and the East and bring Chinese people’s best wish to the world and everyone in her path," said Tan Ping.

“We are incredibly honoured to be partnering with Professor Tan Ping," says David Herrera, President, NCL China. "He has perfectly captured the feel of Norwegian Joy as a luxurious, technologically advanced ship while honouring traditional Chinese values. The hull art embodies the essence of the best of The East meshing perfectly with the best of The West.”

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