KNOXLAND PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPILS CREATE WINNING DESIGNS IN
‘GEORGE WYLLIE – THE PAPER BOAT’ COMPETITION
Certificates presented as Museum announces extension to popular exhibition
Ruby Moscrop and Mara McKelvie from Knoxland Primary School in Dumbarton were presented with certificates at the Scottish Maritime Museum today (Thursday 3rd November) after winning a competition to create a design for a paper boat in the Museum’s current exhibition – George Wyllie – The Paper Boat.
Ruby (P4) and Mara (P7), who won the school-wide competition, saw their winning designs now emblazoned across the paper boat built by the Museum in homage to George Wyllie’s famous giant paper boat which launched on the River Clyde in 1989 and sailed into New York a year later.
Claire Munro, Learning and Access Officer at the Museum, awarded each winner a certificates along with a prize voucher for a day out at the Scottish Maritime Museum in either North Ayrshire or Dumbarton.
At the same time, Fiona Carmichael, Curator of Art at the Scottish Maritime Museum, announced that, due to popularity, the ‘George Wyllie – The Paper Boat’ exhibition will now run for a further two months, up until the end of December.
Fiona Carmichael, Curator of Art at the Scottish Maritime Museum, says:
“Pupils at Knoxland Primary School threw themselves with great enthusiasm and creative flair into the competition. The winning designs by Ruby and Mara are fantastic and our once white paper boat is now a vibrant addition to our current George Wyllie – The Paper Boat display.
“We’re also thrilled to announce today that, due to the great reception which the exhibition has received since launching at the start of this month, we have extended it until the end of December.
“For anyone interested in George Wyllie, paper boats or simply looking for a great day out, now is a great time to get along to the Scottish Maritime Museum in Dumbarton.”
The ‘George Wyllie – The Paper Boat’ display is particularly relevant for the Scottish Maritime Museum in Dumbarton, which centres on the world’s largest surviving ship model experiment tank.
George Wyllie tested his prototype paper boat in the Denny Tank as he planned the colossal white vessel, which made the front page of the Wall Street Journal when it sailed into New York in 1990.
The display includes a number of works Wyllie created during the Paper Boat project, which are on loan from the George Wyllie Foundation and the Estate of George Wyllie.
The Scottish Maritime Museum is also currently raising money to build a replica giant paper boat, which will stretch the length of an average swimming pool.
If the Museum can raise the £20,000 needed, the paper boat will be built at the award-winning Scottish Boat Building School at the Scottish Maritime Museum’s second location in Irvine, North Ayrshire.
The huge paper boat would then be a focus for further Museum events and activities as well as tour the country on loan to other maritime museums and visitor attractions.
Donations to the Scottish Maritime Museum’s Giant Paper Boat fundraising campaign can be made direct through the Museum or online though MyDonate at mydonate.bt.com