With the installation of a boat, Warwick School has launched its inaugural ‘Discovery Festival’. About as far away from the sea as you can get the boat will be at the helm of the festival and promises to turn a few heads.
The theme for this first year is aptly ‘Discovery’, encompassing the spirit of adventure to try something new. There will be the opportunity to experience new theatre, visual art, music, dance and much more, week commencing 1 July, 2018.
James Ramsay, Head of Art commented, “The boat, which is a Falmouth Pilot model from the 1960s, sourced from a dock on the south coast, arrived on a 40ft lorry back in May. Weighing in at 6 tonnes the boat had to be sunk 4 feet into the ground and so a trench was dug to accommodate its hull. The remaining earth was then piled into the cavities underneath and next to the hull on the surface to emulate lapping water.”
The boys are incredibly excited about this installation and being let loose to create a kraken, a legendary sea monster that will emerge up out of the ground to grab the boat. The students will be taught how to work with willow as a sculpture medium by visiting Artists, Mark and Rebecca Ford from ‘Two Circles Design’. They will facilitate the installation but the work will be created by the boys in a number of workshops across the week, to which everyone will have the opportunity to contribute.
Mark and Rebecca said “We are extremely excited with this forthcoming project, in bringing ancient traditions and sculptural techniques of willow craft to the students at Warwick School. Although some of the material is supplied from growers in Somerset much has been harvested by ourselves in the Sussex countryside. Art has the power to change the way we view the world and it questions our role within it.”