The art of ship modeling

Models are creations that undoubtedly occurred in prehistoric times, with the first signs of waking consciousness, in the beginning steps of interpersonal behavior, always on the border of crafts and art. Although they were formed by inspiration, entering into the work’s soul, studying and analyzing, in its approach the modeler, interpreter and constructor intuitively reveals often contradictory “personality” of the model: strength and frailness, profuse and ribald (like a wild horse), gentility and modesty, robustness and tenderness, of course to those who know them and “read” them like an open book, when some inexplicable secrets come to surface.

A model, a tether that connect the harmonious beauty, elegance and intimacy, art and science (with accuracy and quality of making), represents artistic value. These small masterpieces remind of the past gone by and the reality of now. For those who know and love them, they are not just archetypes of reconstruction and noble work of cultural-historical value (monuments of cultural heritage) like auxiliary museum exhibits, but mental expressions, emotions that glow. Models are castles crowned with a mystical veil of unknown elements and experience: this mystique tickles, causes and awakens illusions and imagination, plays with material and shape, and with sounds and smells too (wood being split, cut, carved, drilled and scraped). Although non-academic art, the model become a result of human story. No matter the scientific research, by use of pure technical procedures, there are often instinctive reactions that help individuality, intimacy and cultural background show, as well as obsession with details, like in naive art.

Models are rarely a result of sterile approach and consistent precision. Most often, they are an evidence of author’s spirituality, product of his ecstasy and enthusiasm. [i]

[i] Taken from the catalog: 2. Croatian evaluating exhibit of ship models “Rijeka 97”