It is not every day that one can see a full 15 meters seaworthy yacht on a plain just among banks and lawyers’ firms. In March 2015 it is made possible thanks to a Dutch artist Leonard van Munster.
Munster wanted to place a dual meaning boat on its side in order to symbolize the current trouble times we live in. Fortuna was the Roman goddess of chance, the deity responsible for both good fortune and bad.
Leonard van Munster has this to say about the symbolism of Fortuna: “A ship on its side represents both a ship that cannot continue its voyage and a ship that might one day sail again. It conjures up thoughts of pursuing your dreams, discovering the wide world, embracing new challenges. It's like the Surinamese saying: mi kanto ma mi de ete. It means I’ve capsized but I'm still here. In other words, I have known setbacks but I’m not about to give up. It’s a powerful expression of willpower and the determination to fight. Despite everything, you are still alive and able to achieve your dreams."
Fortuna is a site-specific artwork, which means that the setting plays an important part in how it is perceived. It was selected especially to give the people who live and work in Zuidas a sense of wonder and inspiration. The symbolism of embracing challenges and achieving dreams is very apt in this dynamic business district. Unexpected twists of fortune are always possible, even in Zuidas.
The owner of Elling Yachting has made a brand new 15-meter Elling E4 yacht available for the artwork. When March is over, the Elling will take to sea again.
I would say, it is a bold move to place such yacht right between all the lawyers and accountant, not expecting any lawsuit for whatever reason, but here in Amsterdam we take things easy hence, no consequences yet.