Harbour date for Collective Spirit

EASTBOURNE is getting set to welcome the Lone Twin Boat Project on July 5, as the state-of-the-art piece of waterborne artwork sails into Sovereign Harbour to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Designed by the artists Lone Twin, the 30-foot boat named Collective Spirit is the result of 1,200 wooden artefacts donated by people across the South East, each with a story to tell and all constructed into a living, seafaring archive of stories and memories.

Created by hundreds of designers, boat builders and volunteers, the project is part of a series of 12 public art commissions across the UK to celebrate the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, and funded by the Arts Council England.

Visiting a selection of key destinations across the South East, Eastbourne has been chosen as a key stopover for three nights on her maiden voyage.

Arriving on the evening of July 3, the boat will experience a ‘make and mend’ day of repairs and maintenance on July 4, followed by a harbour-side celebration on July 5 open to all. The celebrations include the opportunity to visit the boat in the afternoon and meet the crew, with regular tours bookable on the day. Alongside sea shanty singing, visitors will also be able to get creative themselves with a themed workshop on the quayside.

With the help of an artist and staff from the Towner, children and adults can use the boat as inspiration to create their own piece of artwork as Eastbourne celebrates its part in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

The work behind the Boat Project began in February 2011. The Boat Project is part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad which runs June 21 -September 9. Following its maiden voyage, the boat will be gifted back to the South East as a permanent feature.