New York Art Show Replicates Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Accident

Lipcon, Marguiles, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A

While Costa Concordia lawsuits are still in motion both in the United States and in Italy, one artist has decided to bring the cruise ship tragedy all the way to New York City with a rendition of the accident.

The remains of the Concordia are still off the coast of Italy, and officials say it may take roughly a year to remove it, but the Jan. 13 wreck, which left 32 people dead and countless others injured, has been a source of inspiration for artist Thomas Hirschhorn, who has created a replica of the cruise ship accident in his own vision.

Hirschhorn, whose memorable cardboard cave installation “Cavemanman” became one of the most well-known in Chelsea’s history, has installed a banquet hall inside Chelsea’s Gladstone Gallery, tipped on its side to simulate the way the Concordia capsized. The show, which is open to the public through October 20, is inspired by photos of the inside of the ship viewed by Hirschhorn.

“[The art show] pictures the uncertainty and precariousness of the past, of the present moment, and of the future,” said Hirschhorn. “I saw it as an amusing and disturbing but nevertheless logical and convincing form. This must be the form of our contemporary disaster. This must be the ultimate expression of the precarious, which nobody wants to confront.”

Hirschhorn went on to explain his vision, describing how there is a sense of imprisonment and lack of safety in the show he aimed to convey.

“‘Get back on board, captain!’ shouted the coast guard officer to the already safely landed captain of the Costa Concordia who refused to go back to his vessel. ‘Get back on board!’ means there is definitely no escape – we have to confront the self-produced disaster in its incredible normality – there is no way out, there is no place to flee, there is no safe land anymore! This is the starting point that made me think of and start out to conceive the work ‘Concordia, Concordia,’” he added.

The controversial show does not allow viewers to actually step inside the “sinking” ballroom, but onlookers can get close enough to take in the entire rendition. With a desire to depict both the imprisonment of being on the ship as it was sinking and the entirety of the catastrophe, it’s hard to say whether the rendition will go down in history as one artist’s imaginative point of view on a cruise ship tragedy or if it will merely serve to offend not only the surviving victims and loved ones of those who perished aboard the Concordia, but anyone who has lost someone because of an accident on the high seas.

Those who were involved in the catastrophic Concordia accident, as well as their loved ones, are still eligible to file a claim to protect their rights and fight for compensation due to any injuries or losses sustained in the accident. Our maritime accident attorneys can help you file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit and will work to obtain a successful recovery for your case.