Sail Away

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'SAIL AWAY' consists of many small boats made from old paper currency, tickets and maps that form a large-scale snaking flotilla.
Initially exhibited in TATE Modern’s Turbine Hall as part of the Hyperlink Festival 2013, 'Sail Away' explores the idea of 'connections' in travel, trade, mapping and personal and social histories. The boats are beautiful, delicate and playful; in mythology boats are symbolic of the transition from the material to the spiritual world and are carriers for our dreams as well as vessels for adventure, escape and journeying. By combining boats and money these dream carriers gain other, deeper meanings.

At TATE 'Sail Away' included an interactive, participatory element, consisting of hundreds of paper boats crafted from international money notes, travel tickets and maps placed on the floor. People were invited to make and add their boats to the flotilla form. The chosen materials link us together; used money notes have been handled by many thousands of people and maps and travel tickets connect our stories, experiences, journeys and places. For the Hyperlink Festival at TATE the artist’s studio, local school children and Tate Collectives initially made boats. Then over 800 people made and added their boats to the flotilla and 5000 people interacted with the work.

Sail Away has since been exhibited at the Royal Shakespeare Company's Galleries, Patrick Heide Contemporary Art and the Venice Biennale.

Photos by Jeff Leyshon, Tate Collective, Susan Stockwell, Miles Roberts

Date: 2013

Material: paper currency, maps & travel tickets, wooden skewers, knitting needles

Provenance: Tate Modern London, UK

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