The National Waterways Museum Gloucester are thrilled to announce that Sabrina 5 has been chosen as one of the locations for Of Earth and Sky the public poetry artwork appearing in Gloucester this month.

The poems were curated by Luke Jerram along with Gloucester-born poet and spoken-word artist JPDL.  The giant words chosen for Sabrina 5 are by Sajida Kathrada.  See to see the full list of poets and locations to see if there is one near you.

One of the largest boats in the National Waterways Museum Gloucester collection, Sabrina 5 was built in 1944 as one of a fleet of six Sabrina barges.  The barges were an impressive sight, measuring 90ft long and specifically designed to carry imported goods from Avonmouth up country.  Sabrina 5 would have been towed, together with other barges, behind a tug, laden with cargos of copper, zinc, steel and aluminium and food such as wheat, cheese, cocoa beans and tinned tomatoes.

The exact words that will be at each location are for everyone to discover as the poetry is installed later this month, and the full poems will be available on the Of Earth and Sky website once the exhibition opens.

There will be maps for a city centre walking route as well as a cycle route map available to help you experience the city-wide exhibition, as well as details on the website:

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Find out more about the National Waterways Museum Gloucester, one of our Shipshape Network Heart of England Projects here.

Sabrina 5 (c) National Waterways Museum Gloucester