08 March 2010

t s Beall | A Stone's Throw Away:
The Govan Armada


Sunday 2 May: Launch of The Armada from the Govan Graving Docks (Dry Docks)
Friday 16 April - Saturday 1 May: Glasgow Science Centre IMAX reflecting pool
--> see events page for details on Sunday 2 May Launch Party


An armada of small 'mailboats' containing messages in bottles will be launched from the Govan Graving Docks on Sunday 2 May. Prior to the Launch and during the GI Festival, some of The Govan Armada will be 'anchored' in the Glasgow Science Centre's IMAX reflecting pool.

The Govan Armada will follow the historical model of the St. Kilda mailboats, sent from the island of St. Kilda initially by those in distress and afterwards by tourists at the turn of the last century. Construction of the mailboats will consist of a simple 'boat' structure, a message in a sealed container, and a floatation device. The boats will be made primarily from wood and other detritus floating in the Govan Dry Docks and surrounding Clyde River (redeveloped rubbish).

Initially, The Armada will be constructed by and with the local community in Govan. Workshops will take place at nearby Clydebrae Studio, and will be organised with Riverside Community  Hall. Construction of the mailboats and collection of messages will be open to members of the public (including GI festival-goers - please contact t s Beall via email below for details). 

The Armada will be launched from the Govan Dry Docks during a 'Launch Party' on Sunday 2 May which will include an exhibition opening at the new Govanheim on Clydebrae Street, Bike-So-Cool art bike caravan, and other events. Burgers and hot dogs will be for sale provided by Riverside Hall.

The Govan Armada and The Graving Beacon are part of a larger work titled A Stone's Throw Away. Both The Govan Armada and The Graving Beacon employ 'dead' communication technology from the turn of the last century in an attempt to connect the Govan Graving Docks to the nearby Pacific Quay redevelopment.

Artist Contact:

astonesthrowaway.govan-at-gmail.com [replace -at- with @]

Project website will host information on the entire A Stone's Throw Away project (including The Graving Beacon).


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