A viking ship made of driftwood among green trees

Boat made of steel and driftwood sitting upon a grass field.

The Boat Project / everythingwillbefine

Location: Cambridge Sculpture Garden, 53 Grand Ave S, Cambridge

Curatorial Partner Installation presented by Cambridge Sculpture Garden

The Boat Project/everythingwillbefine is constructed in steel and driftwood collected on the shores of Lake Huron. The large boat relates to philosophical notions of passage or journey. The subtitle carries a message, “everything will be fine” that can be read in multiple ways alluding to something that might be encouraging or possibly being read as sarcastic. The artist became aware of this expression in Zurich, Switzerland as graffiti (Alles Wird Gut) on the roof of an occupied industrial building, in the nineties during a time when youth activist movements, demonstrations and interactions between the police and civilians were tense.

The sculptural work has a strong and silent presence. Through the scale, its universal content in the current context, the boat opens a dialogue that asks the viewer to ask questions about time, life in this society and its contemporary moment in a pandemic, memory, flux, uncertainty, and is therefore connecting to histories past and present.



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About the Artist

Ernest Daetwyler studied at the Schule für Gestaltung, Bern, Switzerland, the Centro Europeo in Venice, Italy and received his master diploma from the Schule für Gestaltung, St. Gallen, Switzerland. His multidisciplinary exhibitions and public interventions/art projects are being presented in Canada and internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, Pro Helvetia, Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, Presence Suisse, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG) 2010 Exhibition of the Year Award, the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund, the Arts Award Waterloo Region in Visual Arts and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, N.Y. Ernest Daetwyler is a founding member, former Artistic/Executive Director of the international, artist-run biennial CAFKA, the Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener and Area. As Editor he has produced several publications and has served the non-profit organization on the Board of Directors and in numerous functions for more then fourteen years.

Image: Ernest Daetwyler, The Boat Project everythingwillbefine, (2020). Image courtesy the artist.