Billy Budd, South Acton Estate, Ealing

On this project, we were pleased to work with the local community and staff from Bollo Brook Youth Centre in Ealing, who helped build and raise funds to bring the Billy Budd home to their local estate.

The Billy Budd was once a famous racing boat on the River Roach just beyond Rochford. To show off its beauty, we wanted to display it appropriately, so we collectively agreed to suspend the boat from reclaimed hardwood railway sleepers (an unusual move).

It's a beautiful and playful piece of art, much appreciated by local children. As the vessel is anchored to the floor with two rope bridges, it rocks gently from side to side: when kids are on board, they feel like they are traversing calm waters.

For more on the story, visit the Ealing Council website.

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