I recieved an email recently which reminded me of a converation I had recently with Peter Donegan and Eoghan McCabe at the Dublin Open Coffee Club. Peter and co are preparing for Bloom 2008. I am looking forward to seeing their project when its complete.
Bloom in the Park is the largest and most spectacular gardening event in Ireland, hosted by Bord Bia. Its a competition of sorts where gardeners can get creative as they like.
Last year Peters peice was No Rubber Soul. Usually the idea of an old car in the garden is for the chickens but not this baby, some might say it was far fetched but infact it was very rock and roll.
When it comes to being creative Peter knows no boundries and is known for “pushing the boat out”. This year Peter is plonking a 1957 33ft 7 tonne , three story pleasure cruise boat in the middle of the Phoenix Park and is building a marina around it!
The boat/build started over the bank holiday weekend with the boat making its first voyage. It took 7 men, a 30 tonne specialist marine transporter and 6 hours to lift and move it 6 km.
I was hoping to capture the boats arrival onsite using Qik but last weeks Duke’s of Hazard stunt crippled my car so I never made it. Peter is painting the boat pink, which seems a little odd but I doubt it could be worse than what Stephen Ireland did to his Range Rover.
Alone it’s costing over one thousand Euros in paint. I recently had a chat with Peter and it came as no surprise that it costs money to put it altogether but, I was surprised to hear exactly how much it would cost.
This 1957 33ft pleasure cruiser has a little bit of history, but I’ll leave that story there, Peter might tell you. I’ll pop along and capture some of the moments on Qik and follows its maiden voyage!