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Paper Boats in the Docks

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Photo Philip Vile

The recent cold dark evenings  have been brightened up by the   Voyage installation which consists of three hundred floating ‘paper boats’, encasing coloured dynamic LED lights   in the Canary Wharf Middle Dock

Created by Aether & Hemera . Aether is Claudio Benghi, the media architect; Hemera is Gloria Ronchi, the lighting artist.

According to the artists the work is :

The etymon of the word ‘voyage’ comes from Latin ’viāticum’, which means ’provision for travelling’, and the aim of the artwork is to allow viewers to travel and sail with absolute freedom to all the places they care to imagine.Colourful paper boats’ on the water invites everyone to make a transition from reality to imagination, reliving childhood memories and embracing our freedom; blurring the lines between the real and hyper-real, ‘Voyage’ invites the thoughts of the visitors to cross the borders of their imagination.

Voyage installation is designed to be an interactive experience; people can engage with it and impact on the behaviour of the lights from their mobile phone.

All that might be slightly over the top , but it is great fun.


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