Preeminent Pop artist and contemporary to Andy Warhol, Peter Max, had been commissioned to create the hull artwork for Norwegian Cruise Line’s upcoming Norwegian Breakaway, and today, his bow design (seen above) has been unveiled. With Norwegian Breakaway set to homeport in New York year-round, the artwork appropriately features iconography from the city including the artist’s famed “liberty head” depicting the Statue of Liberty as well as a graphic of the New York City skyline.

Norwegian Breakaway is New York’s ship and this colorful artwork by Peter Max will make the ship an instant icon,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer. “The Big Apple is known for its love of art and its many galleries, and now, Norwegian Breakaway becomes a floating piece of art that will cruise in and dock every Saturday on New York’s West Side. With this distinctive design, unlike anything else on the water, the ship will be recognizable to the millions of New Yorkers who will see her as she journeys up and down the Hudson River each week.”

Approximately 40,000 sq. ft. of the 144,000 gross ton ship will be decorated by Max’s art. “While it has been an honor to have my art exhibited in museums and galleries, I have also enjoyed creating giant ‘canvases’ for public view, including my 600 ft. Woodstock stage, a giant World’s Fair mural, the body of a Continental 777 super jet, and now, the hull of Norwegian Breakaway,” said Peter Max from his New York studio. “The artwork is a composite of New York City and cosmic imagery, the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, a giant sunburst, planets, stars, and musical notes. That’s my New York! And now Norwegian Breakaway is my New York cruise ship ‘canvas.’”

The Norwegian Breakaway is currently under construction in Papenburg, Germany at the Meyer Werft shipyard, (click here to see images of her coming together), and she is set to be launched in April of 2013. For more information, visit Norwegian Cruise Line’s dedicated Norwegian Breakaway web page by clicking here.

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