Silver Foil Boat
A unique and charming boat conceived as part of a large flotilla first exhibited at Oriel Brondanw, Llanfrothen.
Marged formed the shape of this vessel from copper, before sewing the sides together with silver wire and applying a layer of patinated silver foil. The tiny oars are made from lead and silver wire. In many cultures, boats symbolize sacred journeys – an idea of particular resonance for couples embarking on married life together.
Silver is found as a secondary material in the lead mines of Wales. The Croesor and Rhyd valleys where Marged lives are rich in natural resources, which were once exported to all corners of the globe. Drawing on this rich industrial heritage, Marged is fascinated by the materials of lead, copper and slate as well as the vessels used to transport them by river and by sea. As with most of Marged’s work, the wild boats are connected intrinsically to this specific place, but the associated ideas and themes resonate with cultures around the world.
Length: 11cm approx.
This little boat is a unique fine art piece and is not intended to be functional.
Note that prolonged exposure to lead can be harmful – wash your hands after handling the oars.