The Govan Armada

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Sunday 2 May: Launch of The Armada from the Govan Graving Docks (Clydebrae St., G51 2AJ)
Friday 16 April - Saturday 1 May: Glasgow Science Centre IMAX reflecting pool


An armada of small 'mailboats' containing messages in bottles will be 'anchored' in the Glasgow Science Centre's IMAX reflecting pool and then launched from the Govan Graving Docks on Sunday 2 May 2010.

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 flotation device. The boats will be made primarily from wood and other detritus floating in the Govan Dry Docks and surrounding Clyde River (what we are calling 'redeveloped rubbish').

Initially, the Armada will be constructed by and with the local community in Govan. Armada-building workshops are scheduled at Clydebrae Studio, and with nearby Riverside Community Hall. Construction of the mailboats is open to anyone, and it is possible to bring a boat on 2 May to be part of the Armada and the Launch Party. Contact us for details.

The Armada will be launched from the Govan Dry Docks at a 'Launch Party' on Sunday 2 May which will include a farewell ceremony to the Graving Beacon, opening of the new Govannheim Gallery, and other events. All welcome! For details and directions: click here.