Thursday, 12 May 2011

Success - Hundred's Cheers as The Walking Boat Steps Out of The River Thames

Today the ‘Walking Boat’, an extraordinary, kinetic work of art created by sculptor, Andrew Baldwin, strode onto the foreshore of the Thames at Tate Modern. This astonishing piece, a 40-ft walking boat two years in the making, was the culmination of the artist’s imaginative vision, determination and exceptional talent as sculptor and blacksmith. 

The ‘Walking Boat’ was welcomed by hundreds of spectators, who had gathered at the foreshore to see the unique spectacle. The boat was greeted with cheers as it stepped out of the river and heaved itself up on to the beach. Steered with a London Bus wheel, the 20-ton vessel was then skill fully walked ashore by its creator, at 1.20pm today. 
Photo credit: Dylan Woolf

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Final Preparations - Big Day Out Tomorrow

The last of the Walking Boat preparations are well underway. Andrew Baldwin has been carrying out mechanical checks, topping up diesel and there has been final safety briefings with the London Port Authority and the Thames River Police.

The Walking Boat is leaving Trinity Buoy Wharf on the 4pm tide on today. It is scheduled to arrive at London Bridge Pier at 5pm, where it will moor overnight ready for the Big Day. 

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Don't miss the Walking Boat - 12/5/11, 1.15pm, Tate Modern Foreshore

Following a stumble in October 2010, the Capital's first 'Walking Boat' will be returning to the foreshore of the Tate Modern. Previously tripped up by a falling tide and a shelved shoreline, the artist, Andrew Baldwin, has worked hard at redesigning the boat's Bow and Hull, to ensure success at the second attempt. We had a secret trial at the end of 2010, which proved a stroll, and have been waiting for the right tide to re-stage this event, ever since. 

The wait is now over...

Don't miss out on the Walking Boat, an extraordinary, kinetic work of art created by sculptor, Andrew Baldwin. His astonishing piece, a 40ft walking boat, will be sailed into the heart of London, where it will walk out of the Thames onto the river’s foreshore at Tate Modern. 

Join us on the River pathway to see this astounding 20-ton mechanical marvel on Thursday lunchtime from 1.15pm.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The Walking Boat is Coming - May 2011

We were going to schedule the 26th April with the PLA but we forgot about the Royal Wedding! Back to the tide tables for a date in May!

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Re-staging the Walking Boat Event

Following the success of the trial, we are now back in discussion with the PLA, consulting tide tables, times and the weather to find a suitable date. It looks like it might be an April date.