The Boat Project, an initiative for 2012's Cultural Olympiad, aims to construct a ship of stories and memories from wooden belongings supplied by the public. What will you be donating?

This article titled “I wood, would you?” was written by Jonathan Jones, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 19th May 2011 11.58 UTC

Wood has two important qualities that make it ideal for The Boat Project, a public art initiative by Lone Twin for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. First, it floats. And second, as wood ages it holds memories, keeping them warm in its living grain.

Lone Twin is making a boat from any old wooden memorabilia you may have, which will become part of a collective artwork for the Olympic year. Anyone who wants to participate can turn up at donation days in south-east England – the next is in Portsmouth on 22 May – and bring along a wooden item, of whatever size or age, so long as you can tell a story about it. You can also take objects to the project’s base, The Boat Shed, at Thornham Marina. A wooden toy that belonged to your grandmother, a wooden spoon your mum stirs cake-mix with … examples collected so far include a mast from a Hastings fishing boat, driftwood from Thailand, an old hairbrush, and a fragment from Brighton’s West Pier. Everything that is donated will be used to construct a seaworthy yacht to be sailed along the south coast in 2012.

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