Voyage is a flotilla of hundreds of colour changing oversized floating origami 'paper boats', that creates a strong artistic gesture on the site. It’s a piece of art that establishes a conversation with the surrounding space, and changes configuration, size and arrangement in relation to the context.
Voyage creatively transforms waterfronts, expanding the physical space of rivers, lakes, canals and waters of different cities and places. Since 2012, it has travelled to London, UK; Baltimore, US; Bilbao, Spain; Scottsdale, Arizona, US; Canberra, Australia; Irvine, Scotland; Salford Quays, UK; Blenheim Palace, UK; Metz, France; Dubai, UAE; Kew Gardens, UK; Leeds, UK; Bedgebury, UK; Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scotland; Chelsea Creek, UK; each time adapting layout and size, based on the specific location.
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 invite 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.
Photo credit: Sean Deckert and Philip Vile