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Pop icon and large-scale artist, Peter Max, has unveiled the 40,000 square foot artwork of “his” New York to appear on the hull of Norwegian’s newest build,Norwegian Breakaway.

“The artwork is a composite of New York City and cosmic imagery – the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan skyline, a giant sunburst, planets, stars and musical notes,” Mr Max said from his New York studio.

“That’s my New York!”

This is the first time that the cruise line has commissioned a well-known artist to paint the hull artwork on one of their ships.

Norwegian Breakaway is New York’s ship and this colourful artwork by Peter Max will make the ship an instant icon,” Norwegian Cruise Line’s chief executive officer Kevin Sheehan said.

“The Big Apple is known for its love of art and its many galleries – and now, Norwegian Breakaway becomes a floating piece of art that will cruise in and dock every Saturday on New York’s West Side.”

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Words: Natalie Aroyan