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Photo © Philip Vile
Photo © Peter Matthew
Photo © Philip Vile
Photo © Peter Matthew
Voyage local Wi-Fi: People can change the colour and patterns of the work using their cell phones. Photo © Philip Vile
Photo © Peter Matthew
Photo © Ian Docwra
Photo © Ian Docwra
Photo © Philip Vile
Photo © Gloria Ronchi

Voyage’ is an art installation by Aether & Hemera, consisting of a flotilla of 300 paper boats sailing along Canary Wharf’s Middle Dock. Each boat encasing coloured dynamic LED lights and together they form attractive patterns that enlivening the night at Canary Wharf. This project has been commissioned by Canary Wharf Group to ‘launch’ their 2013 ‘Sculpture at Work’ programme.

Media architect Claudio Benghi and light artist Gloria Ronchi joined together in 2006 to form Aether & Hemera, an interdisciplinary collaboration that seeks “to research the aesthetic challenges of light and its power to trigger emotions and response, creating a sense of identity or setting a mood.

Passers-by can interact with the artwork until February 15 between dusk and 2am each day to change colours and patterns by connecting their mobile phone to the Voyage Wi-Fi network.

The artists say that their artistic vision is to “provoke memories, explore aesthetic interactions, and to elicit feelings of connective human experiences in a required-to-participate audience.”

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.

To see behind the scene of Voyage, visit:
http://www.aether-hemera.com/Blog/2012/12/19?Id=Voyage__a_journey_into_imagination