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George Wyllie‘s giant Paper Boat will be launched at Mayfest. He introduces it to List readers and offers
exclusive tips on making your own.
As a FRIZI? (ilFl’ to all readers of The List this Mayfest. here are PLANS and full INSTRUCTIONS for making a big ‘PAPIiR BOAT' -- just like the ones I‘ve designed for the ()ragami Line! (‘arefully cut along the dotted line around your FREE Pl .ANS with sharp scissors. This will get you in trim for the next stage.
You'll now have to get some paper. A national award from the (iulbenkian Foundation helped me buy mine. They wanted to encourage large-scale multi-media art events in public places. so naturally it had to be a very big sheet. To make your boat. carefully cut a piece of paper to make a rectangle shape measuring 12(lft x 80ft. Blotting and tissue paper are not recommended. Choose a dry day for folding it and avoid high winds. If all goes well you will end up with a vessel 80 ft overall with a 25 ft superstructure.
Right now my ‘PAPER BOAT’ is being built in a secret place in (ireenock. It will be launched on Saturday May 6th at 2.30 pm at Finnieston (‘rane by Lady Naomi Mitchison but come along earlier and hear the music and join in the singing ofthe ‘PAPER BOAT' SONG which helps to make it a multi-media event.
After the launch. the 'PAPER BOAT‘ will sail on trials to the Broomielaw and spend a week fitting out. Every day at one o'clock it will remind you that it is there by letting off a maroon. followed by ships‘ horns. hooters. sirens and whistles in Concert. They raise the question —
‘what‘s happeningtothe('lyde‘." (‘ome tothink ofit. ‘what’s happening to us as a nation of Seafarers'.".
At the end ofthe week the ‘l’APliR BOAT" will sail on its maidenly voyage. and it won’t forget to say ‘(‘heerio‘ to its old pal the Finnieston (‘rane It could be an uplifting and illuminating experience. but since maritime matters depend upon weather. tides. and the ('lyde Port Authority - who've been a great help in getting the ‘PAl’iiR BOAT” afloat. you‘ll have to watch out for the announcement of its time of sailing. The ‘PAPFR BOA'I" SONG is bound to be sung again sometime. so join in so as to keep the multi-media bit going.
Meanwhile — back in (iovan. in the Pearce Institute. opposite ( iovan ( ‘ross l 'nderground why not visit the ‘l’Al’liR BOAT EXHIBITION’. on show from 8th to 30th Mav'.’ This will give you a rough idea ofwhat the ' ‘PAPER BOAT” is meant to do. in case it doesn‘t manage to do it. There is an unpredictable side to this event ofwhich I am reminded by the name of The List maga7ine» whether it be to Port or Starboard.
lfany ofyou manage to make an ts’llft long. 35ft high ‘PAPFR BOAT” from this FRI-ll: Sli'l‘ ()l-' PLANS. then kindly launch it quietly by yoursell at some other place. and on some other day from mine. .
George Wyllie's paper boat 1 will be launched on 6 May and then moored on the
Clyde. Watch tor details at the closing ceremony next issue.
; THE LIST
To markthe start 01 Glasgow Maytest. The List otters a shortlist at Glasgow heroes. past and present. Glasgow heroes. as you will see below. rellectthe pastoral side at the Dear Green Place. dittident. introspective. culture-loving. IJim Baxter(£xtant): ‘Slim’ or ‘Gentleman‘ Jim. as he was known in the 60s. put the ‘reign‘ in Bangers as he glided through towering delences like a chain-saw. Neverone to expend more energy than necessary. he scored most 01 his goals lromthe penalty spot. Once. in the wake ol England's World Cup glory. he sat on the ball to allowa worm a sale passage across Wembley's hallowed turt. I SirWilliam Burrell (1861—1958): indiscriminate collector ol bric-a-brac. BB. (Belore Bill) art in Glasgow meant the Bar-L. now everyone in Cowcaddens know that Ming is not simplythe prelix ot ‘en'. I Billy Connolly (Extant): lormerly a Humble bum (sic). he outgrew his goatee and came up with a novel solution to the inner-city bicycle parking problem. pleading with responsible Wegiansto baretheir posteriors and otter them as parking spaces. This was pre the mountain bike. I Sir Michael Kelly (Extant): said Glasgow was ‘Miles Better'. No one believed him so he went East and said ‘Count Me ln‘. Everyone said. ‘What have you everdone lorus?‘ I Lulu (Extant): diminutive shrieker and lormerly a Bee Gee lrau. has survived 25.000 years in showbiz without growing an inch. I Benny Lynch (1913-1946): went lrom good to great to worse. losing a world title lightani tailing into bad company. Pre Jack MacLean. I Matt McGinn (1928—1977): was a lolkie tixated by yo-yos. particularly the red variety He also liked a night atthe bingo and Iullabied a dam called Bella with his rhetorical love-song. ‘Gaun doon tae the bingo Bella?‘ I Charles Bennie Mackintosh (1866—1928): a predecessor ol Sir Charles Forte. designed a distinctive transport call but died oldisappointment when he sampled the stovies. IJohn MacLean I (1879—1923): crimson l Clydesider. already has a cairn to his memory. and would not be seen dead beneath a blue plaque. I Jock Stein (1922—1985): was a big man with a bad bark who would not accept sponsorshop trom Tunes. (AT) .-._J
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