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THE ARRIVAL OF THE BOOMERANG BOAT
We are happy to announce the arrival of the Boomerang Boat on the British Isles. The boat has been on the ocean for several weeks. It has traveled from Australia where it was presented as a work in progress at the 16th Biennale of Sydney 2008. A maritime camp was set up in the former dockyards at Cockatoo Island in the Sydney harbor. 5 weeks was spent making an old timber double scull into a boomerang shaped vessel that runs in circles.
We have searched the British Isles for a new permanent home for the boat. The North East Maritime Trust in South Shields, have generously offered to provide their services for a stranded voyager.
On Wednesday 21 July 2010, at 5.30 p.m. we have the honor to invite you to the official opening of the Boomerang Boat Museum at Fishermens Workshops, 2/3 Wapping St, South Shields NE33 1LQ. Look forward to see you there.
We would thank The North East Maritime Trust, Höegh Autoliners Nissan Shipping, South Tyneside Council, Browken Rowing Services, Race1, 16th Biennale of Sydney 2008, Art Council Norway and Office for Contemporary Art, Norway for their generous support of the project.
Our very best regards,
The Boomerang Boat was made at the 16th Biennale of Sydney 2008 by the artist duo aiPotu consisting of the two Norwegian artists Andreas Siqueland and Anders Kjellesvik. Their collaboration began in 2004 with a tour of the European continent with a veteran mobile home. They have since done a series of travel related projects. In 2007 The Island Tour – a series of island expeditions was commenced with a tour of Iceland. An essential part of the project was to link different island communities by making art works that travel from one island to another.
Boomerang Boat is made from a timber double scull named after the former Olympian Jim Battersby. The previous owner was the boat builder and repairman Simon Walter, who also helped in giving advice on reconstructing the boat in to a boomerang formed vessel.
A maritime camp was set up in the former prison and later shipyard, Cockatoo Island, which since 2008 has served as a new venue for the Biennale. The boat was presented as a work in progress at biennale, where people visiting the biennale could also take part in the building process. The next step was to find a new home for the boat on the British Isles.
After a three-week road trip, starting in Scotland, going through Wales and England, it became clear that the final destination of the boat should also be its port of arrival in the UK. The ro-ro carrier Höegh Seoul was due to reach the Port of Tyne on the 18th of July 2010.
On searching the Newcastle area for a suitable place, South Shields became a natural point of departure. Going by coast, a series of possibilities were investigated. The North East Maritime Trust, a place where people love old boats, did not need much time before the decided to take on the responsibility of creating a new home for the stranded vessel.
For more information about aiPotu, please visit www.aipotu.org
For more information about The North East Maritime Trust, please consult the museum staff or visit www.nemaritimetrust.co.uk
Thank you for visiting the Boomerang Boat Museum!