Floating artwork – journey latest

Nick Spurr with The Flow  that has been constructed at Amble Boat Company. Inside are Antony Hall, Nicholas Cook, Simon Blackmore and Ed Carter from The Owl Project.
Nick Spurr with The Flow that has been constructed at Amble Boat Company. Inside are Antony Hall, Nicholas Cook, Simon Blackmore and Ed Carter from The Owl Project.

FLOATING artwork which is embarking on a journey to the River Tyne is expected to arrive at Newcastle Quayside at around 5pm today.

Flow, a tidemill which uses a waterwheel to power a range of unusual musical instruments, left Amble this morning and is currently just south of Blyth Piers as it heads toward its resting place.

Nick Spurr’s firm, Amble Boat Company, won a commission to build the structure.

Speaking to the Gazette at around 1pm, Nick, who is travelling down with Flow, said: “Unfortunately the tow speed is quite low. “We have had varying degrees of wind and sea condition. Generally it has been fine but it has been a little bit taxing.

“Our estimated time of arrival at the entrance of the Tyne is just after 2pm. Then we have got to get up the river, which is about nine miles to the Quayside, so we are hoping to be there for about 5pm.”

Nick added: “There was a departure party at the piers in Amble when we left. Since then we have been off-shore but the odd fishing boat has come and had a look.”

Flow, by Owl Project and Ed Carter, will be free and open to all on the River Tyne from March 25.

The project is part of ‘Artists taking the lead’, one of 12 extraordinary public art commissions funded by the UK Arts Councils for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad to help celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

To track Flow’s progress to the Tyne by visiting http://trackaphone.co.uk/callback/publish/flow/