The Boat Book
This is the catalogue and onboard record of The Boat Project, commissioned for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
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The book documents the project from its beginnings in earlier work by Lone Twin, through to the boat's maiden voyage. Drawing on interviews with Lone Twin, the designer Simon Rogers and the build manager, former Olympic and America’s Cup yachtsman Mark Covell, it describes an extraordinary design and build process which made it possible for companions as unlikely as a Shanghai tea chest and a shaving from a Jimi Hendrix guitar to be integrated into the structure of the boat. Introductory essays by David Williams also consider some of the broader cultural implications of the materials used in a floating archive of anecdote and personal remembrance celebrating a region’s histories, lives and relations with the sea.
At the centre of the account is a photographic catalogue of all of the donors and their donations. It lists the fragments of almost 50 houses, with 20 beds and cots, 30 tables and desks, 18 chairs and stools, three egg cups, three lace-making bobbins, two darning eggs, and a jam spoon from Lapland. It locates wood from 17 churches, three theatres, two piers, two ballet schools, two chicken houses, two lidos and a whaling station. It also includes pieces from more than 130 other boats and ships, 60 toys and games, 40 sports, 26 musical instruments, 13 walking sticks, seven carved masks, five vehicles, 36 signs and name plates, and more than 40 boxes and cases. The 33 built-in animals include elephants, cats, giraffes, avocets, fish, a gazelle, a tortoise, a donkey, a heron, a turtle, an owl, a penguin, a lemur, a crocodile, a rhino, a mouse, a duck and an aardvark with a missing ear. There is timber from trees planted in 1166 to commemorate the Norman Conquest, a sliver from Henry VIII’s Mary Rose, a plank from George IV’s rooms at Windsor, remnants of the Victory and the Cutty Sark, metal from Skylab.
Combining contemporary art and design, engineering and craftsmanship, The Lone Twin Boat Project interweaves and explores diverse areas of expertise, conceptions of art, and modes of creativity and collaboration.