Ship in a Bottle, artist Mark Dion, public art Los Angeles | Maritime Matters

Mark Dion's "Ship in a bottle". Photo courtesy Port of Los Angeles

Created by internationally-acclaimed artist Mark Dion, Ship in a Bottle is permanently installed at the south end of Cabrillo Way, a short walk south from the 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro, CA.

The L.A. waterfront public art program focuses on creating a unique experience, destination and sense of place to the waterfront, and making a connection between art, the region and residents here, said Port Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D.

Putting a contemporary twist on an historic and romantic seafaring craft, Dions larger-than-life Ship in a Bottle art work incorporates an eight foot scale model of a container ship inside a 12-foot clear glass bottle.  Sitting on a grassy mound in the midst of the Marina, the ship rests on a bed of crushed glass, and both the bottle and container ship appear to be floating out over the waters of the Ports outer harbor.

The art of crafting miniature ships in bottles was a favorite pastime of sailors, who have been important participants in the Ports long history and culture, said artist Mark Dion. My Ship in a Bottle  is a contemporary concept to unify the aesthetic of contemporary public art with that of vernacular, nautical craft-work and to respectfully acknowledge the central role played by the Port of Los Angeles and the city of San Pedro as the gateway of international commerce in the United States.

The public art program at the port engages local, regional, national and....

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