Liberum Kayak Plans Are Here

(image from the Can Factory, courtesy Susannah Tantemsapya - thanks Susannah!)

Hi Folks,

As a result of our summer residency at MassMoCA last year and further testing and refining over the winter, we have just completed our Liberum Kayak broadsheet.  You can download a pdf files containing everything you need to build your own below (they’re big, so watch out) or stop by the studio to pick one up (they’re printed on green newsprint and are very pretty).  Send us some photos if you do build one.  See you on the water this summer.

Mare Liberum, Liberum Kayak Broadsheet – prints to 22.5″ x 30″


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Posted under Mare Liberum by Dylan on Friday 4 May 2012 at 4:15 pm

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  1. Pingback by Liberum Kayak (2011-12) - FU PAST URE | Gauthier + Sullivan Collaborative Projects — May 19, 2013 @ 2:00 am

    [...] This is a Liberum Kayak (2011), designed by the Mare Liberum collective. The bamboo was sourced and harvested in Queens, and the vinyl is repurposed signage from a museum. The kayak was hand built, and has proven to be stable and sound after several earlier (less-successful) attempts. Mare Liberum, a collaboration between Ben Cohen, DylanGauthier and Stephan von Muehlen, is a collaborative printmaking, boatbuilding and activism project which we created in response to large-scale gentrification plans for the Gowanus area in the mid 2000’s. We started building improvised watercraft out of found materials, mainly plywood salvaged from construction sites around the neighborhood.  It was a way for us to get out onto and explore the Canal, in order to experience that site’s particular state of natural, industrial and post-industrial landscapes, its waste, toxins, detritus and curious lifeforms.  We wanted to go there because it was open space, and probably also because many were vying for it at the time. These boats allowed us to make work there as artists, and to have access to a rare – albeit highly toxic – sanctuary in the middle of the city. As part of our practice, we also print and distribute broadsheets and one-off editions that combine historical narratives of place with our own methods, research, and stories of our explorations on the water. These broadsheets often include our own boat plans that simplify traditional boatbuilding methods and lower the technical barriers for others seeking to get into closer contact with the city’s waterways.  You can download your own plans for the boat on the Mare Liberum site. [...]

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