Modern Art on the Water

It was midnight and we were quietly sipping daiquiris in an outdoor bar in Spetses when we received the message…you have to come and look at this boat.

Leaving our drinks on the table under the watchful eye of the owner we raced around the corner to be greeted by the sight of an unbelievable boat.


Jeff Koons designed boat Guilty

It was a boat like no other. The small quay in Spetses was full of mega yachts….some tasteful some not but there was no other boat like this one!

The exterior looked to me like a Lichenstein painting! I was close! It was actually the work of American artist Jeff Koons.


Jeff Koons designed boat Guilty


The 115 feet boat, with the name of Guilty, belongs to Greek Cypriot industrialist and art collector Dakis Joannou.

He commissioned Jeff Koons and Italian yacht designer Ivana Porfiri to design him a mega yacht and this is the result.

I later read that Koons had been inspired by British naval camouflage from World war 1 when designing the multi coloured exterior. The large windows allow the light into the all white interior. Upstairs we could see a huge pink neon sign with the word ‘feelings’.

Modern art on the water….

Definitely one of the more unusual boats I have seen.


What are your thoughts….love it or not!


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6 Responses to Modern Art on the Water

  1. jan September 26, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    Ha Ha – how the rich spend their money. I love boats but I don’t like the paint job on this one. It is hard to see what it would look like with a standard paint job. I understand that as he is an art collector it would be a huge advertisement, so that makes sense 🙂 One thing is for sure everyone is going to be looking at it!

    • Jenny Freedman October 19, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

      It’s not really an attractive boat per se.I think the art work is the attraction and no one looks to close to the design. It’s certainly something different and was great to see!

  2. Corinne September 26, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

    Jenny, It’s very cool…and um. must be nice!

    • Jenny Freedman October 19, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

      I would have loved to see inside Corinne. I read that most of the cabins were white to show off the paintings. The main cabin with the large windows would have been great to sit in as you were sailing along. The exterior is certainly very different!

  3. Karen (Back Road Journal) September 27, 2014 at 4:50 am #

    Call me old fashioned but if I even had enough money to buy a yacht, I would want it to be a traditional, stately and elegant.

    • Jenny Freedman October 19, 2014 at 10:28 pm #

      I don’t think you’re old fashioned Karen. I’m sure most of us would feel like that….if we had an option. You’d have to be a dedicated modern art lover for this one!

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