The Why?s Man

"My art is place specific and people specific." George Wyllie

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Right up to the last moment of the school term, paper boats were still coming in for the Last Launch.

The flotilla from P7, Lourdes PS, Glasgow was very welcome. It has been a difficult term for teachers and pupils as problems in the school building, not an old one, were identified in November and the building was closed. For safety reasons, the pupils have been relocated to various other schools. The nursery children have been going to Rosshall. P1-P3 were at Sandwood PS. P4-P5 were located at Govan High, and P6-P7 housed in Lourdes Secondary. So, a difficult term for pupils and teachers.

But even with all those problems, P7 been finding out about the work of George Wyllie, and the pupils made their paper boats. The wee boats, with glitter added for Christmas, and some with a wee person in them - the Whys Man? - also had messages on them. One, made by Luke, says, "All are welcome. No-one is judged."

Hasnat's boat carries the greeting, "Merry Christmas" and Charlotte's boat says, "Best wishes for 2013".

Every single boat proudly bears the name, Lourdes Primary.

Welcome to the fleet, P7 Lourdes PS. Your boats are great!

Here's hoping you'll all be back in your own school in the new term, and very best wishes to you too for 2013.

All being well and if the school is back in its own building, P7, Lourdes Primary may go on to investigate George Wyllie's work further, as part of a Scottish theme, and may even be able to visit the exhibition later in January.

Lourdes Primary, Glasgow possible visit to the exhibition

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