Houseboat – An artwork in progress

In Shoreham-on-sea I saw a friend of a friend’s house-boats. Constructed by Hamish McKenzie from composite parts of other unlikely things, a roof being a huge upside down boat, the sides constructed from an old motor coach including its wheels and tyres. On another side is part of a three wheeler Robin Reliant. The boats are connected by fantasy bridges. Windows are a delight to behold, different shapes cut into the original hull. Missile casings one with a peace message cut into it, lie on the riverbed of the Adur where the House-boats are moored. A cat sat on one in the first real warmth of April this year. The name of the boat is the Verdai and is a work of art in progress.

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Cat sitting on a missile casing on the river bed.

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Unusual windows in the party room.

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‘Peace’ missile.

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Looking across another houseboat to the scenic decoration of one boat that is part of the artwork in progress complex.

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Houseboat resting on the river bed. Windows cut into the hull and part of an old coach with it’s wheels and tyres used to make a side wall. A giant target shape creates one part of the roof.

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A bridge connects two of the boats.

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Another view of one of the bridges that connects two of the boats.

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Part of a Robin Reliant used as a side panel for one of the boats living spaces.

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Cut out metal letters used as a fence.

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Entrance Bridge and found materials for work in progress.

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Missile casing on the river bed.