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A flotilla of luminous origami boats is making Regent’s Canal sparkle

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Alexandra Sims

London has already been given an added touch of sparkle earlier this year by shining light installations Luminaire and Canary Wharf Winter Lights, now, Paddington Basin is getting in on the glowing game by releasing a full-on flotilla of illuminated origami boats on to Regent’s Canal.

Made by artist Steve Messam, the armada of 180 boats at Merchant Square will look like white ‘paper’ creations by day, lighting up at night to set the canal gleaming with a changing pattern of luminous colours. Each craft is made from a special polymer paper that folds and behaves like your average A4, but is also waterproof and weather resistant, so there’ll be no capsizing.

The installation is all part of Merchant Square’s first ever series of ‘mindful’ events. Along with the boats you’ll find a programme of waterborne yoga and meditation classes, film screenings of water-themed films on Merchant Square’s barge ‘Fiodra’ and a canalside market offering tasty street food dishes. 

‘Flotilla’, the installation of origami boats, will be lit up for the first time at 6.30pm this evening and will be on display until April 12. 

See another impressive light installation at Beech Street Tunnel this weekend. 

Take a look at our March calendar to find even more things to do in London this month. 

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