Shortly after stealing the show with the North American debut of his BMW Art Car at Art Basel Miami Beach, Jeff Koons has a new vehicle project that will reign as king of the sea. Koons designed this "Guilty" ship with yacht designer Ivana Porfini for Dakis Joannou, a man that Forbes describes as "one of the world's most important collectors of contemporary art."
The yacht is 115 feet long, making it Koons' largest work to date. His exterior artwork was inspired by a World War I camouflage for the British Navy known as "Dazzle" or "Razzle Dazzle." The pattern was conceived by Norman Wilkinson to confuse enemy ships and cause them to miscalculate the vessel's distance while targeting. Koons tells Forbes that the starboard and port side designs "have a dialogue with the idea of pyramids and an image of oasis and mirage."
Inside the yacht, Joannou displays art and design pieces from his personal collection, including Radical Design furniture, Anish Kapoor's Hex Mirror, Martin Creed's Feelings neon, David Shringley's Untitled (Vision), a piece by Sarah Morris, and various others that make this more like a sailing art gallery than a private boat. Hopefully there are no pirates lurking in the waters of the Aegean Sea.