FigureheadsDecoration and the soul of the sailing ships
The fishermen of the Mediterranean painted eyes to the bow of their boats. Usual subjects for figureheads are heads
of animals, mythologic motifs, figures of saints and personages, women, arms and escutcheons, which are fitted at the bow of a sailing ship below the bowsprit.
The figurehead of a sailing ship is loved and deified by the crew. She is seen as a symbol of the vessel giving the ship a soul. Often there is a correlation between the figurehead and the name of a sailing ship.
It is a superstition by seamen that a figurehead watches the route of a sailing ship and preserves the ship from bad weather and wreckage. Sometimes the figurehead was the patron of the sailing ship and influenced the success of a voyage. The damage or destruction of a figurehead is interpreted as a bad omen.
Figureheads are the decoration of a sailing ship, and therefore we often take photos of them.
Do you want to see more figureheads or do you want to meet the artists creating this applied art?
Hartmann Design - Atelier für Skulptur und Malerei
Maritima Woodcarving, Andy Peters
Lynx Guimond, Freelance woodworker
Holzwerkstatt Meyer - Handwerk & Design, Dieter Meyer
White figure of a woman (face modelled after Mary Moody Northen to thank for donations by the Moody Foundation) with a yellow rose (The Yellow Rose of Texas) in her hand, made by Eli Kuslansky, installed since 1982
made by Annemarie Visser about 1986-1994, 2009 damaged by an iceberg and lost while sailing in the Antarctica
Figurs from the Greek legend, Europa follows the white bull, made by Lynx Guimond, installed since March 2010
Rickmer, grandchild of the founder of the Rickmers shipping company, installed since 1986, made by Dieter Meyer
Signora del Vento
Woman with dove of peace in dependance on her ex-name PEACE, made by Claus and Birgit Hartmann, installed in Sept. 1998
Women with symbols of the fight for freedom of the city of Amsterdam, the sorrows of the city during WWII and the sailing in all seas of the world, made by Reudenroos Atelier, Lutjebroek, Enkhuizen
Coat of arms and Cyrillic letters which represent the initials of the Murmansk fishery co-operative, made by Claus and Birgit Hartmann, installed in 1999