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Scottish Maritime Museum, SMMart Project

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The Scottish Maritime Museum is one year into an ambitious new art acquisitions programme to complement the important, nationally recognised collection celebrating Scotland's maritime culture. As part of our drive to create a nationally significant art collection, we have acquired two of the last remaining elements of renowned Scottish artist George Wyllie’s iconic public sculpture, the colossal ‘QM’ floating paper boat which made headlines across the world after it launched on the Clyde in 1989.

To complement these acquisitions – the tender boat and QM insignia – and celebrate this extraordinary public sculpture, we want to raise £20,000 to build our own 80 feet
long, floating paper boat.

Wyllie tested his prototype QM at our second Museum in Dumbarton, which centres on the world’s longest surviving ship model experiment tank, so the challenge we have set ourselves of replicating the 80ft long boat is particularly fitting.

The apprentices and volunteers at our award-winning Scottish Boat Building School at our Museum in Irvine will build the boat, which we hope to launch on Irvine Estuary in early December as part of an exciting event yet to be announced.

Thereafter, the giant paper boat will be an added attraction for the Museum and a focus for community and educational activities. It will also engage new audiences as it goes on tour across Scotland and beyond.

We need your help to make our giant paper boat a reality.
Please donate to support our cause.

Charity No: SC007133

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