|Photo by Toby Adamson|
Art with a difference is coming to Eastbourne's Sovereign Harbour as the Lone Twin Boat sails in. The boat has been made entirely from wooden objects donated by members of the public, with every donated item being important in some way to the person who gave it. From February to July 2011 people of the South-East donated thousands of wooden items to the project, each one with a story behind it, personal items to pieces of national importance. Now, all the wood has been used to build a state-of-the-art seafaring yacht, a 30 foot vessel named Collective Spirit.
The boat left Thornham Marina in Emsworth on the 7th of May at the beginning of her Maiden Voyage and there are maps & books of her progress to be downloaded on the website. She will arrive in Eastbourne on the 5th July for a 'Make & Mend Day' where the crew can fix whatever needs fixing in preparation for the next legs of their journey. Sovereign Marina is planning to welcome her with harbourside celebration events including chances to meet the crew.
The Boat Project by Lone Twin is part of Artists Taking the Lead, a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The Boat Project is the winning commission for the South East region and is funded by Arts Council England. Following the adventures of its Maiden Voyage, the boat will be gifted back to the region as a permanent resource for the public.
Sovereign Harbour, Thu 5th July, 10:00-17:00.Free event.