It’s not what you expect from a commercial vessel, but a CMA CGM container ship was remade into floating artwork as part of an ongoing initiative by the artist known as JR to honor extraordinary women worldwide.
The artist and a team of longshoremen loaded 151 containers onto the deck of the 363-foot CMA CGM Magellan at the Port of Le Havre, France, to create a collage of the “eyes of Elizabeth,” a Kenyan woman living in the Kibera slums in Nairobi, gCaptain reported.
The container ship will sail the Mediterranean Sea before passing through the Suez Canal on its way to Asia.
GCaptain said the project was initiated in 2008 and is called “Women are Heroes.” It began as a way to pay tribute to those who play an essential role in society but who are the primary victims of war, crime, rape and political or religious fanaticism. Similar collages have been constructed in Brazil, Liberia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone and Cambodia.