Crystal Ship festival kicks off in Ostend with 20 new frescoes

The eighth edition of the Crystal Ship street art festival kicked off in Ostend on Saturday. For each edition, national and international artists create installations and murals, forming a route through the city.

This edition saw more than 20 new frescoes added to the route, including three new works by British artist Mobstr, while Brussels artist Jaune took on 10 walls.

Several artists drew inspiration from the city’s history. French artist Julien de Casabianca found inspiration for his work in the art museum Mu.ZEE’s archives. American Pat Perry refers to seaside tourism and local heroes James Ensor and Léon Spilliaert.

“These works of art make art accessible to everyone. Almost 200 works are dotted around the city,” the city’s mayor, Bart Tommelein, said at the inauguration.


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