Ship sails out of September

September 8, 2013 by  

This month will draw to a close with the 17th annual DUMBO Art Festival in Brooklyn, during which the Ship of Tolerance will be showcased.

The ship is the project of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, who are working in conjunction with Studio in a School. Made in the design of an ancient Egyptian boat, the ship will feature a flag made from artwork of schoolchildren from all over New York City. The theme of the artwork is how children view tolerance and what it means to them.

The Ship of Tolerance project has already been featured in Egypt, Italy, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates. This year, it will be built in Staten Island at Miller’s Launch. The paintings for the sail will come from public school children throughout the five boroughs of New York, as well as from drawing sessions held in Staten Island and Brooklyn’s public parks. Around 150 drawings will be sewn together for the sail, and the others will be displayed around the city.

It is possible that organizers for the project, as well as those promoting the DUMBO Art Festival, will turn to printing companies to help with advertising. Flyers and promotional posters can alert people in other neighborhoods of Brooklyn, and in neighborhoods of Staten Island, like Todt Hill.

The celebration of the ship’s debut will begin at 7:30 pm on September 27, and feature live musical performances by New York high school students. The ship will remain in Brooklyn until October 8, at which point it will be moved to Staten Island for further viewing.