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A tool for looking deeper into water, Glasgow, 2013-15

‘Nolly’ as named by two passing dog walkers who stopped to help with its first voyage. ’Nolly’ is the local name given to the Forth and Clyde Canal, in Glasgow. 

Developed through the R.S.A. Residencies for Scotland Award, undertaken at The Glasgow Sculpture Studios.  November 2013.

In the form of a folding boat that can be towed by a bicycle, stored in a cupboards, carried by one person. This boat has a Perspex bottom, which enables underwater viewing - like a giant bathyscaphe.  This tool enables both transport and access to waterways for someone living in the city, leaving a zero carbon footprint.

Urban Water ways contribute to the historic fabric of our cities, industrially, agriculturally, economically and socially, they are the green corridors running between our roads and housing schemes. 'Nolly' has been used to explore rivers, streams and canals across different urban contexts in Scotland. It has been used to document the ecology of river beds and to engage the pubic in conversations about the regeneration of water fronts. 


The Nolly has been used as a tool in research for a range of community engagement projects between 2015 - 2015 

- R.S.A. Residencies for Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (2014) 

- Measures of saving the world, <Rotor>, Graz, Austria, (2015)

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