Superyacht unveils $600m artwork to mark James Packer’s 160th birthday

Image copyright Supplied Image caption Sculptor Shirley Gono has created a hand print to adorn a glasswork facade on the A marine engineering firm has created a custom artwork created from a $600m (£443m)…

Superyacht unveils $600m artwork to mark James Packer's 160th birthday

Image copyright Supplied Image caption Sculptor Shirley Gono has created a hand print to adorn a glasswork facade on the

A marine engineering firm has created a custom artwork created from a $600m (£443m) world’s biggest yacht – and you can see it here.

Australian billionaire James Packer and his family commissioned Australian artist Shirley Gono to create a glass installation in the form of a vessel’s propeller.

When completed, it will be hung from the hull of “The Discoverer”.

The 180m (605ft) superyacht will go on display in the harbour of Packer’s holiday home, Waiheke Island, on 5 August.

Image copyright Supplied Image caption The crests of the boat and the studio are key symbols on the sculpture

Gono, who designed the sculpture for Packer’s yacht, Metropole IV, said the superyacht’s purpose – to attract the attention of passing boats – fits his speciality.

She said: “The number of superyachts that were not very big size and they were missing something very important.

“I thought that was the perfect opportunity to bring some more space – and maybe the creative side of me is, why not do something really good?”

Image copyright Supplied Image caption Shirley Gono photographed and sculpted the sculpture and it will go on display in Waiheke Island on 5 August

While the bulbous satellite of a propeller will weigh around 1,300 tonnes, Gono’s design is only 16m long and 80m wide – about half the size of a conventional submarine.

Packer’s son, James Packer IV, said he was “over the moon with the reaction from everyone around”.

“The world’s biggest superyacht is not just big, it’s fabulous, breathtaking and over the top,” he said.

“The ocean’s the greatest source of inspiration. What Shirley has created is absolutely breathtaking and it is something people are going to talk about for a long time to come.”

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