Sail away: Floating interactive artwork lights up Canary Wharf

OFFICE workers with a window seat in Canary Wharf can amuse themselves, until 15 February, with interactive art installation The Voyage.

The 300 illuminated boats that comprise the piece can be seen floating in the Wharf’s Middle Dock; and any bored bankers can change the colours and patterns of the lights from their mobile phones.

To interact with the art – connect to the Voyage Wi-Fi network and follow instructions on the website.

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