Just down the Thames Path at All Hallows Church by the Tower, Byward Street, the artist Hew Locke is creating a large scale sculptural installation, Adrift, which is described as "a whimsical boat installation, festooned with garlands of flowers and foliage, exploring the spiritual and metaphysical symbolism of the ship, sea travel and the final funerary journey."
Dates: From Friday 6 to Sunday 15 September.
Times: Mon-Fri 8am–6pm, Sat 10am–5pm, Sun 10am–1pm
Deluxe River Cruise by Doug Fishbone
Take a trip from Westminster Pier to Tower Pier with conceptual-visual artist Doug Fishbone. You will need to retreat to Bell Wharf Lane to recover afterwards, the experience is described as follows.
Featuring darkly comic and surreal live commentary with slide show accompaniment, Doug Fishbone’s super Deluxe River Cruise will enrich your experience of the psycho-geography of London enabling you to see the city and its best-loved attractions as never before.
Illustrating his narration with hundreds of internet images, Fishbone presents a new form of story-telling that is both hilarious and unsettling, leading one critic to describe him as a “stand-up conceptual artist”. He employs the strategies of advertising, propaganda and stand-up comedy to explore the relativity of perception and understanding in surprising visual and narrative tapestries that recycle the contemporary media landscape in new and unexpected ways.
Tickets for this event will be on sale soon, it will take place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September with tours at 1.30pm and 4pm (taking one hour each).
Look out for tickets on the Thames Festival website: http://thamesfestival.org/events/info/the-deluxe-river-cruise-by-doug-fishbone
1513: Ships Opera
The highlight of the Festival this year takes place right outside the Little Ship Club. An armada of historic vessels from the age of sail, steam and diesel will perform a live, moving operatic concerto of ships' steam whistles, bells, horns, hooters, sirens and cannon as the centrepiece of the 2013 Festival.
The first act of this symphonic maritime performance begins at sea, at the mouth of the Thames Estuary. A lone steam tug, the historic Barking, will make her way into the tideway to Central London, all the while broadcasting her swag of steam whistles.
At 6pm, around Trinity Buoy Wharf (home of London’s last lighthouse and where Trinity House manufactured the buoys that have, and continue today, to guide the world’s mariners), Barking will muster her fellow opera performers: the Trinity Light ship (LV95) pulled by two handsome red diesel tugs, historic Clyde puffer steam ships VIC 56 and VIC 96, the diesel tug Kent, and twin-masted 19th century sailing klipper De Walvisch - all bedecked with a range of steam whistles, horns and bells - the collected vocal cords of a ship of provenance, now long dead... lost voices calling again.
Here an audience will experience the second act of the opera, the magnificent fleet calling to the shore, waters and airwaves against the backdrop of The O2.
At Tower Bridge, at 7.45pm as the bascules rise, the curtain opens and the company of ships enters the theatre of the Pool of London. The main act of the performance begins, the ships joined now by the cruiser HMS Belfast in an acknowledgment of our historic naval might.