Knarr - The Floating Temple

Simon Drew

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  • Summary

    A Viking burial ship filled by Borderlanders with messages, memories, hopes and secrets to be burnt on the water at sunset. Combining the Nordic burial tradition of the Vikings with the modern Burner ritual of The Temple.

    Full description of concept

    The Viking ship will be an opportunity to come together to remember friends and loved ones we have lost. Over the week Borderlanders are invited to visit the Viking ship at the Port and add messages, memories, thoughts, gifts and to help build and decorate it before its last voyage. It might be big, it might be small but it will be beautiful. At the end of the week the ship will be carried in a procession down to the water and burnt at sunset.

    About the group/Artist

    It's my 4th Borderland. Last year I co-created a dawn ritual on the cliff to remember Mark Resnick. I made a small model viking ship which we burnt.

    Team and plan

    It's currently me and fellow Porters so we need co-creators! We are looking to find a small boat as the template to which we can add the shape of a viking ship - tall bow and stern, shields, oars and a square sail. For practicality and to minimise damage to the environment the ship can be a scaled down size and does not have to be destroyed - the fire can be contained inside in a fire-pit or barrel if needed. Once the (paper) messages and memories have burnt the ritual can end and the ship be pulled back to land.

    Moop plan (matter out of place)

    A MOOP team will be ready to collect any debris that has broken away. We plan for the fire to be contained within the ship and the main hull to be pulled back to shore intact.

    Budget overview

    Sourcing an old boat and delivering to site (Ideally from Rodvig) - 2500
    Wood, sail, mast and construction materials - 2000
    Transport - 500

    How can other borderlings cocreate with you?

    Yes! We need people to help build and decorate it. Boat-minded nauti-cal people especially!

    What is this?

    Congratulations! You've stumbled upon something special. Borderland is a participatory festival that takes place in Boesdal, Denmark. It's a fully participatory event where everything is created by the participants themselves, with out any spectators.


    • Do you need electricity from the grid? No

    • Will there be light? Fire at sunset for max 1 hour.

    • Will anything burn? Yes. We will consult with the fire experts and scale up or down accordingly. Ideally the whole ship would burn on the water however a more contained burn within the ship can be the plan.

    • What is your audio footprint? We pray for silence.

    • Forces of nature The ship can be anchored and secured by ropes.

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