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After rusting for years on a dry dock in the Dee Estuary in northern Wales, the derelict ship Duke of Lancaster has been revived as an outdoor art gallery. Street artists from around the world started working on its worn hull last fall, and their next phase of murals started this March.
“It’s got the potential to be the biggest open-air art project in the world,” Paul Williams, one of the Duke of Lancaster coordinators, told CNN. “The quality and size of the pieces is spectacular — there aren’t many places in the world that can accommodate artworks 10-meters high.”
Indeed, one of the most massive pieces is a 60-foot-tall figure in a vintage diving suit with a skeletal facing gazing out from behind the helmet. The first work was done by the DuDug collective, a play on “Black Duke” in Welsh, and although the street artists have been working with permission from the ship owner’s, their mission statement is “the ship looked like **** so we painted it” [star censoring theirs].
Much of the art references the Duke of Lancaster’s nautical past, such as a portrait of the first captain of the ship and a rabbit-like creature dressed as a pirate!