Boxed art on CMA ship

Artists have boarded ships to see the world, but now one will arrange shipping containers on a boxship so the world can see his art.
CMA CGM boxes

You see the side of a containership. JR sees a gallery wall.

French liner operator CMA CGM said today that the boxes one of its largest containerships will display a collage by compatriot artist and photographer JR.

The 13,900-teu CMA CGM Magellan (built 2010) will leave Le Havre on 3 July with the work on its starboard side as it heads to Asia via the Suez Canal.

The artwork, which will use more than 150 containers, is part of the Terre d’Eaux festival in the French city.

“It’s the first time I have the chance to be at the heart of another world. I wanted to work on container ships for years. I want to use them as pixels,” JR said in an announcement by the Marseille-based containership operator.

JR, who has not revealed his non-artistic name, is known as a sort of a mix between a photographer and graffiti artist, as many of his works involve flyposting large photographs in public places.

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