Olympic memory boat “Collective Spirit” launched

May 8, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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We’ve got lots of look forward to this summer as The Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games take place in London. Unsurprisingly the run up to these festivities has brought a host of celebratory artwork.

In April Buckingham Place was lit up with fantastic self-portraits from school children which together created portraits of The Queen and this weekend the Olympic memory boat ‘Collective Spirit’ was launched in Emsworth, Hampshire.

collective spirit close up

Close up of the Collective Spirit

The boat created by the artist duo Lone Twin, offers a unique twist as it’s made solely out of wooden objects donated to the project. The Lone Twin artists Gregg Whelan and Gary Winters managed to secure famous items including a Jimi Hendrix guitar, wood taken from Mary Rose and a prestigious wooden plank from London 2012 Veldrome.

Alongside these high profile items Collective Spirit was lucky enough to receive nearly 1,200 items donated by the general public, which have helped make the majority of the boat- each item having a story behind it. Donations included everything from wooden hockey sticks, wooden spoons, musical instruments, wooden coat hooks, a Victorian police truncheon and even small simple items like a writing pencil and a wooden peg.

Olympic Collective Spirit Boat

Olympic memory boat, Collective Spirit, launched this weekend.

Together the pieces have created a fantastic yacht which has a thousand stories to tell and a real sense of community. This weekend over 1000 visitors turned out for the Collective Spirit’s launch in Hampshire, many visitors looking to see where their treasured item has been positioned on the boat, which I imagine was incredibly exciting.  

I’m fascinated to see how each item has been so skilfully crafted together to create a real working boat which will soon sail around the South Coast including Margate, Brighton, Hastings and Portsmouth in the run up to the Olympic Games where hopefully thousands of people will be able to catch a glimpse of the Collective Spirit and enjoy its brilliant creativity.

Read all about Collective Spirit’s voyage- here.

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