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Illuminated Origami Boats Will Float Along Regent’s Canal This Month

By Georgie Hoole

Illuminated Origami Boats Will Float Along Regent’s Canal This Month

An installation of glowing origami boats will float along Regent’s Canal, launching on March 15th.

Marking the launch of Merchant Square’s series of mindful events, 180 illuminated “paper” boats will float upon the canal at Paddington Basin. Created by artist Steve Messam, the installation will be officially switched on at precisely 6.30pm on March 15th, but will remain on display until April 12th.

Photo credit: David Parry/PA Wire
Photo credit: David Parry/PA Wire

The artist Steve Messam said: “I am delighted to be involved in launching Merchant Square’s Mindful event, there’s always something quite magical about floating artworks. They have a certain delicacy about them – the way they are constantly in motion with every slight breeze or movement of the water. The play of light and their reflections – by day and night – adds to their sense of fragility as paper boats in a once very industrial environment.”

Photo credit: David Parry/PA Wire
Photo credit: David Parry/PA Wire

The installation, he hopes, will remind people to take some well-needed time out of their day to reflect and catch some headspace. It also stands alongside a whole series of events promoting mindfulness and ‘me time’. Take part in floating yoga and meditation on the Fiodra barge, taste delicious food from around the world at the (also floating) Epicurean Street Food Market, or take a trip on a self-driven GoBoat.

It’s all happening at Merchant Square this month!

⛵️→ The origami boats installation will be on display from 15th March – 12th April.

?→ The street food market is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10am – 3pm at Paddington Basin.

?‍♀️→ Floating yoga, meditation and film screenings can be booked here.

?→ More information on hiring a GoBoat can be found here.

? → Check out the full schedule of events over on their website.

And, while you’re there, check out Paddington’s floating park ?