Endless Gets Green Light from Ministry of Defence
In Montenegro, a Balkan country, Endless, a British artist, painted a decommissioned military submarine. The artist was granted permission to create artwork on a 50-meter-long ex-Yugoslav naval submarine presently owned and administered by the Montenegrin Naval Heritage Collection in Tivat.
The submarine “Hero” had a long and illustrious history. It was launched into the sea in 1967 during Croatia’s War of Independence, and it served for 23 years before being decommissioned in 1991. It logged 726 days on the ocean, 910 dives, and a total of 46,659 nautical miles during its lifetime. This is the equivalent of two complete world circumnavigations. Endless painted the title “Endless X Hero” on the side of the submarine to commemorate the Hero’s past and serve as a bold reminder of the submarine’s mission. Endless’ trademark font was used to spray the graffiti.
‘It’s not every day that you are asked to paint something of such scale as well as cultural and historical significance. Being up close and personal to the submarine, you feel the serious and imposing figure it casts. It’s mission and purpose of existence become very vivid in your mind. I wanted the work I did to reflect this emotion and as such created something simple yet solemn, emblematic of the submarine’s history. I am always happy to bring my work to a new canvas and in turn, a new audience’ Endless
From late August to late September, you can see the visit and see the piece for yourself. The project was part of a bigger endeavour in Montenegro, which saw Endless open a new exhibition in the Porto Montenegro harbour named “Endless In Montenegro – The Story From Street To Canvas.” Lizzy Vuitton’s famed Chapel paintings are on show, as well as a one-of-a-kind painting of Jelena of Montenegro, also known as Queen Elena of Italy, which will be on display until November 2021.