THE PILGRIMS' BOAT

THE PILGRIMS’ BOAT

The Pilgrims' Boat

PHILIP BALDWIN & MONICA GUGGISBERG

The Pilgrims’ Boat is made by Philip Baldwin (b. 1947 in New York, USA) & Monica Guggisberg (b. 1955 in Bern, Switzerland). Originally installed at Thomas Becket’s tomb at Canterbury Cathedral in 2018, The Pilgrims’ Boat was part of the exhibition Under An Equal Sky, which celebrated the 100 years anniversary of the end of World War I. In 2020 the boat was installed in Ebeltoft’s more than 800 years old church as part of the exhibition Walking in the Void at Glasmuseet, before it was included in the museum’s permanent collection in 2021.

The Pilgrims’ Boat is a masterpiece and the culmination of Philip Baldwin & Monica Guggisberg’s exploration of traditional techniques for creating contemporary sculptural work. The boat is three metres long and with its colourful cargo of various human figures in blown glass with various carvings and patterns, it carries stories of pilgrims, explorers and refugees through time and space.

The artists explain:

The Pilgrims’ Boat represents the ongoing journeys which humanity makes across the world. In many cases these journeys are spiritual, and the Pilgrims’ Boat started out in Canterbury Cathedral as a symbol of the pilgrims who came to honour Thomas Becket, the archbishop who was murdered in the cathedral in the 12th century.

From there the boat came to the church in Ebeltoft as part of our 2020/21 exhibition “Walking in the Void”. Here the history of seafaring and the epic voyages of the Vikings imbued our ship with the deep instincts of our nomadic pasts and the roots of migration around the world. There is too the more tragic element of refugees, ever more present today, of people literally fleeing for their lives. In a way we are all pilgrims, on long journeys with unknowable destinations.”

The work is permanently installed at Glasmuseet Ebeltoft.

The aquisition of The Pilgrims’ Boat has generously been supported by the Augustinus Foundation.

Photo: Christoph Lehmann

Installation photos: Finn Manford

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