Updated: Mar 17, 2020
Passenger Ferry Radar with traditional Pacific Island Women artwork "Haiveta"
Originally built at the current Noakes Sydney yard and launched in 1947, Radar has just undergone a massive refit at Noakes ( http://noakes.net.au/north-sydney.html )
Noakes contacted Innovative Marine Coatings to collaborate with the designer, BE Collective Culture ( https://becollectiveculture.com) to print and implement their design onto the hull and superstructure. Pasifika women’s markings curated by Grace Dlabik for BE with young women artists from Oceanic. Markings have been a collaborative body of work with tattoo artists and illustrators. A powerful reclamation of culture, heritage, and identity.
Sean Langman, the owner, elected for all the artwork on the hull to be painted on, requiring all of this to be created with paint masks cut on our vinyl cutter and applied prior to that color of paint being sprayed, then the mask removed.
Much of the artwork on the superstructure was too detailed to do with cut vinyl, and was therefore printed on our Mimaki UV printer then applied onto the surface. Some of the larger black designs were cut out of a matte black vinyl then transferred onto the pre-painted surface.
The vessel will now be running passengers for Biennale Sydney (https://www.biennaleofsydney.art) run by Rosman Ferries (https://www.rosman.com.au), after which she will return into the Rosman Ferry fleet as a charter vessel.
This section of artwork on the top deck was freehand painted by the artists!