Lloyd's Register - Future Seascapes

Artist recrates works by Turner and Van Gogh to depict the sustainable seas of the future

Renowned artist, Reuben Dangoor, has collaborated with Lloyd’s Register to reimagine famed oil paintings of the 17th and 18th century.

The six-piece collection sees works of old masters, including the likes of JMW Turner, Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet, modified to depict carbon-neutral vessels, emerging infrastructure, maritime technologies and futuristic concept ships that would address shipping decarbonisation challenges.

The first piece reimagined by Dangoor is JMW Turner’s Fighting Temeraire (1838). 

One of the Romantic painter’s most celebrated works, the original famously depicts the last voyage of the iconic warship HMS Temeraire, being towed down the Thames by a steam propelled tug to be scrapped. This sentiment of step changes in shipping propulsion is replicated in the reworked masterpiece with a futuristic twist, as the decaying HMS Temeraire is replaced with a carbon-emitting tanker of today, showing it towed by a hybrid tug. The piece highlights Lloyd’s Register’s intention to help transform global fleets, forging towards safe, sustainable seas via technological advancements.

Other artworks in the ‘Future Seascapes’ exhibition include:

Claude Monet’s Ships on the Seine at Rouen (1873)

Monet’s beautiful river scene, featuring past passenger and cargo ships, now features a concept zero-carbon hydrofoil ship. The illustrative design aims to reduce the drag of vessels, improving fuel efficiency on the seas of tomorrow.

Thomas Whitcombe’s A Trinity House Yacht and a Revenue Cutter Off Ramsgate (1810)

Here, concept designs have been worked into Dangoor’s remastered iteration of the original. Cutters have been replaced with a striking sail-assisted cargo ship shown battling against Whitcombe’s turbulent waves on a dramatic pink skyline.

Tingqua’s View of Hong Kong (1845-1855)

This scene highlighting the significance of the world trade in China has been transported to 2030 via zero-carbon bulk carriers and container ships powered by future-gazing, sustainable fuels, such as ammonia and hydrogen.

Edward Seago’s Harbour Scene (1910-1974)

Continuing to look to Hong Kong, here Dangoor has replaced a local junk-rigged sailing boat with an impressive solar panelled cargo ship. The use of solar panels alongside other renewable energy sources provide an impressive solution to achieve a more sustainable world.

Lloyd’s Register – Future Seascapes

Artist Reuben Dangoor said: “The Future Seascapes Collection has been an incredibly cool project for me to work on. I loved Lloyd’s Register’s concept of reimagining seascapes of old to depict a future that is both greener and cleaner – and doing so via a digital, technologically advanced medium aligns with the ambitions for the shipping industry to reach their climate ambitions by 2030. All of us need to play our part in tackling the climate crisis, so it’s great to see Lloyd’s Register leading the charge and setting an example to the wider maritime industry.”

Each of the pieces, created digitally by Dangoor – whose work is heavily inspired by current affairs, providing visual commentary on social and political injustices – will be showcased as part of a 360 degree virtual gallery tour, hosted at listed venue Carlton House Terrace and available for public view on the Lloyd’s Register website.

The exhibition marks the launch of Lloyd’s Register Group and Foundation’s Maritime Decarbonisation Hub – a joint initiative that brings together thought leaders from across the globe to swap skills, knowledge and capabilities to make the necessary advancements to design, develop and commercialise the future technologies needed for a zero-emission maritime industry of the future.