The last few weeks we reversed our footsteps and went back the way we came. We made marks on the map for good spots to popUP the cruising art gallery.
The gallery was popUPed at many places with just a bit of cruising in between. The great site effect of this cruising art gallery is the fantastic spots we can display our art in. We went to Wolverton and moored right next to this amazing running sculpture.
The warehouse across the canal has been transformed into apartments and little shops or offices. A different industry took over the once vibrant train industry which was housed in these buildings.
Stoke Bruerne was our next stop, close to the National Waterways Museum, which was closed the last time we came. Here we discovered the role woman played on the waterways in Britain, specially in the second world war.
After a day cruising we arrived in Braunston and took our time to create something new again. Berth experiment here with Walnut wood to add a different colour, still with a fine grain so you see the sculpture before you see the wood.
Again we were reminded of the roles of women on the canals. We were moored right next to the bridge leading to the marina with a plaque. Along the canals you get reminded of the old industry which once dominated the landscape and with it the canals. Out of this old buildings and canals evolved a new industry of mainly leisure orientation and living back on the canals. Even the old coal-boats now deliver coal for the heating of boats rather than going from mines to industry. Some of the boats have becoming travelling shops.
The urban landscape lay behind us as we enter the more farming cultured land. Perhaps better to say the old way of farming as most farm animals these days never see the outdoors.
The summer showed her face in the blue sky making the cruising such a pleasure. Seeing the sunset into the canal we decided to have a short break just before Rugby to just do nothing. Well, here one Oak found a home in the hollow tree-trunk i found and live now on top of the roof. One day it will be planted with trunk at all. Once again i used the soil of a mole-hill to fill up the trunk.
All along our route we looked at opportunities to meet up with the Rusty Alexandre a double decker bus converted into a travelling gallery. The artists involved with the Rusty Alexandre like the idea to meet up somewhere, to make a small spontaneous art event. Most places don’t have a car-park next to the canal, there is even a high fence between it our a hedge. We found a good spot at the Coventry Basin the end of the Coventry canal. The basin is surrounded by old building which are, once again converted into little shops. In one of the shops a comic artist and his wife have set up, now we love comics so to meet an artist in the midst of comics is double pleasure. The Astral Gypsy is also interested to set up a small art event at the Coventry Basin.
The beauty of travelling art you meet and meet again you’re not bound on one place or one time. With a smile on our face and a new project in our hands we left Coventry to cruise all the way up the Coventry Canal to Fradley Junction. On the way we stopped again at a forest where i picked up some rocks on the way down. The forest had changed into a brilliant colour green but the rocks where still shattered around for me to pick up and to discover the fence eating tree.
After Fradley Junction we moved into the Trent and Mersey and were on unknown territory to discover what ever came on our route. The aim was to go to the birth place of our boat, at Midland Canal Centre where she was build by Stenson Boat Builders.
When we got there they still remembered her, the old colours and her old name. The Wånderlust new role as cruising art gallery left a mark along this section of the Trend and Mersey by planting an other Oak and leaving several rocks.