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Artist Rides a Giant Paper Boat Down the Thames River

Posted By Brit Liggett On November 9, 2010 @ 6:41 pm In Art,Design,Environment,Water Issues | 2 Comments

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This past weekend in London artist Frank Bölter [2] relied on a little help from his friends — and complete strangers — to make sure his latest artistic feat didn’t plunge into the murkey waters of the Thames. With a few hands from his crew and a few passersby Bölter floated down the famous river in a boat made of nothing but paper! Before his launch, he asked for the help of spectators to fold his white sheet into a proper floating vessel and then took a ride through the middle of London while reading a newspaper. The piece is entitled To The World’s End and was a part of the Drift10 bi-annual art exhibition [3].

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Frank Bölter’s less than sturdy vessel was made entirely of paper and folded to resemble an origami hat — origami boats, origami solar panels [5], what will they think of next? He asked passersby to lend a hand in the making of the vessel once they arrived on the shore of the Thames as the piece of paper isn’t your average 8 1/2″ by 11″. The boat was inspected by a member of the water [6] police in London before it set sail and was deemed to be — albeit not by a boating expert — safe for the voyage.

Other art pieces in the exhibition include one by Julius Popp [7] that showcases falling water droplets that form temporary words before they descend to join the river on it,s journey to the sea and another by James Capper [8] which features wind powered glowing buoys. Drift10 is put on by Illuminate Productions, a non-profit organization that looks to display works of modern artists for diverse audiences. Drift is a bi-annual exhibition that looks to elevate the River Thames to the level of the galleries and museums that line it — why can’t a river exhibit art? Throughout the fall and winter artists [9] will be showing pieces on and in the river to the public.

+ Drift10 [10]

+ Frank Bölter [2]

+ Illuminate Productions [11]

Via The Daily Mail [12]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/11/Drift10-London-2.jpg

[2] artist Frank Bölter: http://translate.googleusercontent.com/translate_c?hl=en&sl=de&u=http://www.bisansendederwelt.de/&prev=/search%3Fq%3DFrank%2BB%25C3%25B6lter%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26hs%3DJFp%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26prmd%3Divo&rurl=translate.google.com&twu=1&usg=ALkJrhikVZNKkA5Qe7StxWlHv93GcQ_KLA

[3] Drift10 bi-annual art exhibition: http://www.drift-london.co.uk/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/11/09/artist-floats-a-paper-boat-down-the-thames-in-london/drift10-london-1/

[5] origami solar panels: http://inhabitat.com/2010/04/08/solar-origami-mit-working-on-super-efficient-folded-solar-panels/

[6] water: http://inhabitat.com/water/

[7] Julius Popp: http://www.drift-london.co.uk/artists-10/2010/10/31/julius-popp.html

[8] James Capper: http://www.drift-london.co.uk/artists-10/2010/10/29/james-capper.html

[9] artists: http://www.drift-london.co.uk/artists-10/

[10] + Drift10: http://www.drift-london.co.uk/artists-10/2010/10/21/frank-bolter.html

[11] + Illuminate Productions: http://www.illuminateproductions.co.uk/

[12] The Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1326128/To-The-Worlds-End-art-sails-Thames.html

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