Currently anchored on the River Thames near the Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge is a floating art installation. The Ship of Tolerance is a project by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov on display during the month-long Totally Thames festival.
The installation is a 60-foot long, wooden ship, which first launched in Egypt in 2005. It has previously appeared in world cites, such as Havana, Moscow, New York, Rome and Venice. The piece won the Cartier Prize for Best Art Project of the Year 2010. The message of the piece is to promote a discussion of diversity through art.
The Ship of Tolerance’s display in London features silk sails made by children from 40 primary schools across London, patients at Great Ormond Street and kids at refugee centres in Birmingham, Leeds, Peterborough and Calais.
- The Ship of Tolerance is anchored in the River Thames by the Tate Modern and Millennium Bridge until 6 October 2019. Nearest station: Blackfriars. For more information, visit the Totally Thames website.