Caddis: A floating art installation
With water taxis, free boat trips from Armley Mills and a knitted barge installation, we’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to amazing boats to look at and enjoy during the festival. There’s also another fantastic project that will be joining the water…Introducing Caddis, a floating work of art on board the Safe Anchor Trust’s workboat Lady Brenda, that will be moored at Granary Wharf!
After the Leeds/Kirkstall floods at the end of 2015, Leeds based Playful Anywhere CIC's watery project Flotsam & Jetsam, have been working with the people affected to collect responses and objects for a floating art installation. The project also takes inspiration from the caddis fly (hence the name) which creates a coating that protects its body during its larval stage. This has prompted artist Gemma Latham to create a covering for the boat, made from the objects collected during the project.
And now the boat has come to Leeds! Caddis has travelling from Mirfield through 21 locks to reach its destination, and the installation will be available to enjoy while the ongoing celebrations happen on the Granary Wharf site. A fascinating project that will really get people thinking about the Kirkstall floods and the waterfront in general, make sure you pop down! If you’re around Granary Wharf as it gets dark (we’re sure some of you will be!) then keep your eyes peeled because Caddis glows in the dark!