David’s Reflections on the Ship’s Potential Rebirth
For me the most important reason for developing the SS United States is simply to preserve its iconic form. In other words, it’s all about the view — the elegant lines, the breathtaking scale and the bold no-nonsense colors. But this is no trivial matter. Whether she travels the sea or rests at a city pier, this ship still has the power to transport those on board and particularly those who see and approach her from a distance.
Once the fastest ocean liner in the world, built to carry presidents, movie stars and ten-year-old kids like me, just the appearance of the SS United States remains a powerful reminder of American ingenuity, vision, and skill while at the same time sparking imagination and inspiring dreams yet to be realized.
In this sketch I returned to the simplicity of the ship’s exterior to hint at the juxtaposition of this “horizontal” skyscraper against a dynamic urban context and possible port of call.