The Exbury Egg project is a functional exercise in art and sustainability.
Created by artist Stephen Turner, SPUD group, and Pad studio, the project aims to make us re-evaluate the way we live, as well as our approach to sustainability. Made out of local materials and using classic boat building techniques, the Egg will be tethered to the shore and will be floating in an estuary of the river Beaulieu in the UK.
Both Turner and the vessel will need to deal with various weather conditions, tide levels, and seasons for the whole year until this art exhibition comes to an end. During that time he will be documenting his experiences through videos, photos, collected research, drawings and observations of the ever changing landscape. Though his living conditions will be sparse, he will have access to electricity thanks to solar panels on the roof, as well as other amenities including a shower, toilet, bed, and small gas stove.
According to Turner: “Raising awareness of the past and the unfolding present of a very special location will be the task, whist living in an ethical relationship with nature and treading as lightly as possible upon the land.”