The Boat Project Donation Image 1 by Gary Winters

The Boat Project

The Lone Twin Boat Project used the latest yacht building methods to turn wooden objects donated by people from across the South East into a seaworthy archive of stories and memories. 

From February - August 2011 we asked the people of the South East to bring us their wood - but not just any old wood. Pencil or piano – exotic as Zebrawood or as familiar as pine – we wanted something that’s a part of you, something with a story to tell. 1,221 people came with their wood and told us their story, each donation was then used along with thousands of others to construct a seafaring record of our lives.

Collective Spirit was named and launched on Maybank Holiday Monday - 7 May 2012.

With the crew trained she then proceeded on an epic maiden voyage covering over 600 nautical miles, visiting over 30 locations and meeting over 100,000 people throughout the summer of 2012. For more details on where we visited and some of the celebrations that took place download a copy of the maiden voyage Guide Book.

The Boat Project is now coming to a temporary pause as essential maintenance is completed before Collective Spirit begins her post 2012 programme.

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.

The Boat Project by Lone Twin is also part of the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration from 21 June and running until 9 September 2012 bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK.