The christening gift commissioned for the cruiseship M/S Viking Grace stands as model for the piece GRACE.
Maria Karlström, Head goldsmith at GULDVIVA has designed and handcrafted the christening gift for M/S Viking Grace. These are her thoughts about the piece and the creative process:
"The archipelago of the Åland Islands is an important source of inspiration when I create and design for GULDVIVA. When you see the end result the connection to the Åland nature is often obvious, but the road that leads there is not always a straight one. This was also the case with the christening gift.
My starting point was to include the elements of a modern cruise ship; the feeling of a whole world. The eleven decks of M/S Viking Grace are therefore represented as separate components in the piece. They represent the different rhythms - including tranquility.
The natural continuation for my thoughts was the sea. As islanders we live with the sea. Ships that arrive, turn and leave again are a natural part of life. Suspended in timelessness, safe and secure. The contrasting shape of the waves and the decks are reflected in the design. The components are then arranged together in a stricter, square shape to give the piece a clean design.
The shape of the waves and the decks are also arranged to permit interpretation. If you look closely you can see other shapes hidden in the piece...."