Whoever walks into the heart of the financial district in Amsterdam, from the 3rd March 2015, will be very pleasantly surprised to come across a very large and imposing Motor Yacht laying on her side in the “Gustav Mahler Square” Looking as if a Tsunami has picked the boat up from out at sea and placed her in the square… that is not the case….. It’s all about the art work: “Fortuna” from the Dutch artist: Leonard van Munster.
The artwork “Fortuna” from Leo van Munster is a typical picture illustrating the hectic period we all experience and are living through during these times. The official Opening will be on Friday the 13th at 4.00 pm.
“Fortuna” was the Roman goddess of fortune, but also of misfortune. Leonard van Munster says of “Fortuna”: “ A ship on her side stands not only for a ship that can’t continue her journey, but also for a ship that can be put right and can continue her trip to new challenges. It is like the Surinam expression: : Mi kanto ma mi de ete. This means: I am capsized, but I am still there.. In other words: I might have suffered some misfortune, but I will continue. This says something about an enormous will power. The power to survive, the power to continue..
This piece of art is ‘site specific’. The surroundings of the financial district is not a coincidence It symbolises inspiration and the taking up of challenges, the realisation of dreams. These things all fit in this location. But… the unexpected can always happen, even in the financial district!
The Managing Director of Elling Yachting, Anton van den Bos has made available a new Elling E4, he states that he is extremely privileged to be able to support such an art project as this because he sees a fantastic parallel with the ideas of the Artist Leo van Munster: For instance, should you be stranded or run aground whilst on board an Elling, there is no problem…. Just wait for the tide and you can continue your journey. Also, after the 360 degree rollover capsize test that was performed last year with the Elling E4 we have proven that even if the Elling is thrown over by an unexpected monster wave, it will upright herself immediately like a life boat. Should you have the misfortune to collide or hit a floating container whilst at sea with the Elling, you are fully protected by the Kevlar reinforcement of the hull and….. should, in the worst case your engine fails, you can still continue on your journey by starting and utilising the spare get you home engine. In other words, whenever you encounter any trouble with your Elling, you will always recover: No Problem!