The Crystal Ship

Interview with Colectivo Licuado

Colectivo Licuado

We followed Florencia Durán and Camilo Nunez from Colectivo Licuado, Uruguay as they painted a monumental mural for the Crystal Ship in Belgium.

Mastering spray paint with a hyperrealistic style, their creations juxtaposes culture and local traditions based on the context and environment in which they are working, adding their own style and a touch of art nouveau: skin tones, drapes, lighting and shadows are surreal.

With their mural, Colectivo Licuado paid tribute to Ostend, the city by the Sea. With two two women, they wanted to illustrate a balance between the calm and the storm at Sea. The standing tall blond girl represents storms, with a lot of energy, drawing strings of winds, while the seated brunette is peaceful and having a protecting hand on the boat.

Colectivo LicuadoColectivo Licuado

We asked both of them a few questions to find out more:


New Murals by Telmo & Miel

Telmo Miel

Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann are the names behind Telmo Miel artistic duo, based in Rotterdam. We last saw them in London in October 2017 during their Thinkspace exhibition at Moniker Art Fair ( covered), so we were pleased to see them in the streets of Ostend.

Combining multiple elements in a single composition, they layer references to the human and animal worlds to create complex creatures and fantastic scenario.
For the Festival Telmo Miel painted a matching series called ‘Welcome’. Playing with the curved architecture, they painted a girl with an umbrella with a little monkey on her shoulder. The first version is under the rain while the mirrored version is under the sun.

Telmo Miel

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Interview : Matthew Dawn

We caught up with Belgian artist Matthew Dawn and discussed about his background, his new mural for the Crystal Ship and upcoming projects.

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The Crystal Ship Part I

We have arrived on the city by the sea in Ostend, Belgium and participating artists to the third edition of the The Crystal Ship ( see line up here) are busy working on their murals and installations across the city.

So here is a first recap of the walls in progress and installations we have seen so far:

Ben Slow (UK)

Telmo & Miel (NL)

A Squid Called Sebastian (B)

Colectivo Licuado (URU)

Dourone (FR) (See our interview here)

Etam Cru (PL)

Gaia (US)

Icy & Sot (IR)

Jaune (B)

Joachim (B)

Matthew Dawn (B)

Milu Correch (AR)

Oak Oak (FR)

Wasp Elder (UK)

View all the locations of the Crystal Ship on a map of Ostend HERE


Interview: Dourone

We caught up with Spanish artist Fabio Lopez Gonzalo aka DOURONE as he participates in the 2018 Crystal Ship Festival to learn more about his creative process, his duo with Elodiellol their upcoming projects.
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The Crystal Ship 2018 in Ostend (BE)

The Crystal Ship is a contemporary art festival bringing art to the seaside in Ostend, Belgium.
For its third edition over fifteen international artists will create large scale murals and art installations using the City by the Sea as their canvas. The new artworks will be added to the existing fifty murals and interventions visible through the city, making it the biggest mural festival in Europe.

The official opening will take place on 7th April 2018 in Monacoplein, Ostend

2018 Participating artists include:
A Squid Called Sebastian (B) – Ben Slow (UK) – Colectivo Licuado (URU) – Dourone (FR) – Etam Cru (PL) – Gaia (US) – Icy & Sot (IR) – Jaune (B) – Joachim (B) – Johannes Verschaeve (B) – Matthew Dawn (B) – Milu Correch (AR) – Oak Oak (FR) – Telmo & Miel (NL) – Wasp Elder (UK) – Zoer x Velvet (FR)

Here are some pics of the 2018 invited artists we’ve met across our travels:


Etam Cru - NuArt
Etam Cru

Crimes of Minds - Ben Slow
Ben Slow

Icy & Sot - NuArt
Icy & Sot

Wasp Elder
Wasp Elder

Butterfly Art News
will be reporting live from Ostend in Belgium on the new murals and present exclusive interviews from participating artists.

So stay tuned for more details coming soon…

The Crystal Ship
7-8 April 2018
8400 Ostend, Belgium

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