Painter Katharina Grosse Creates Unique Surfboards to Benefit Ocean Cleanup

She bodysurfs, and now she has designed shortboards. Colorless With a Hint of Blue is a 20-piece series of one-of-a-kind surfboards by celebrated German painter Katharina Grosse. But they represent even more than artistic beauty. Proceeds from their sales—they’re $50,000 each, available at Gagosian Shop in New York—go to Parley Global Cleanup Net­work, an organization with the aim of ending marine plastic pol­lution. Reducing foam, resin, and fiberglass use, the boards themselves were made by Fire­wire Surfboards of sustainably grown and sourced paul­ownia wood, which Grosse painted directly on with water-based acrylics.

Katharina Gross, Colorless With a Hint of Blue surfboard, 2019. Acrylic and spray paint on laminated Paulownia wood. Photography by Jens Ziehe/Courtesy of Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
Katharina Gross, Colorless With a Hint of Blue surfboard, 2019. Acrylic and spray paint on laminated Paulownia wood. Photography by Jens Ziehe/Courtesy of Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
Katharina Gross, Colorless With a Hint of Blue surfboard, 2019. Acrylic and spray paint on laminated Paulownia wood. Photography by Jens Ziehe/Courtesy of Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
Katharina Gross, Colorless With a Hint of Blue surfboard, 2019. Acrylic and spray paint on laminated Paulownia wood. Photography by Jens Ziehe/Courtesy of Katharina Grosse and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

> See more from the November 2019 issue of Interior Design

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