Around 1,200 pieces of wood were required to craft a boat, which contains flotsam and jetsam from the Mary Rose and Jimi Hendrix's guitar, and the artful boat would be launched on Tuesday as part of a national art project to mark the Olympics.
The Boat Project has been funded by the Arts Council England's Artists' Taking the Lead project, and is created as a 'floating collage of memories' as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Gary Winters and Gregg Whelan, known as Lone Twin, are the artist behind the boat, and they explored 20 locations across the region looking for contributions to be used in the building of the craft.
Both of them also invited members of the public to bring wooden pieces to the West Sussex boatyard where it was built, and the only condition was that the items were made from wood with a story behind them.
"People from all walks of life responded by giving treasured items from all parts of the world and, more humbly, their garages. Each and every fascinating back-story was digitally recorded and photographed with its donor," The Telegraph quoted the project's spokeswoman, as saying.
Winters said that a sense of fun flowed through the whole design and construction of the boat.
"The call-out was for objects which had a significance and a story, and people responded to that in all sorts of ways and we were given some lovely, lovely things, personal and emotional things," said Winters. (ANI)