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Fluxland by Cyril de Commarque. Photo: Graham Kuhn

Discover London from another perspective with Totally Thames

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There is a strange boat floating on the Thames. Its mirrored structure and sound performances cannot go unnoticed. This boat is Fluxland, an artwork by the French sculptor Cyril de Commarque. It is one of the many events organised by the Totally Thames festival, from 1st to 30 September.

Nosy people are looking at Cyril de Commarque’s artwork from the pier. This stunning boat looks like a sculpture : it is mounted with a geometric mirrored structure which gives the Imperial Wharf Marina an ultra-modern character. Throughout history, the polyhedron has been a symbol of melancholia and resurrection. A shape that will inspire the guests artists and the audience who will discuss in the vessel. 

Cyril de Commarque spent an entire year building Fluxland. The Dutch merchandise boat has sailed to London and will drop anchor on the Thames until 30 September.

Fluxland by Cyril de Commarque. Photo: Graham Kuhn
Fluxland by Cyril de Commarque. Photo: Graham Kuhn

On 15, 20 and 21 September, artists will debate about the notion of progress while Fluxland floats down the river. They will try and understand what really is progress through the intersection of art, philosophy and science. The visitors can observe London from a new perspective from the water surface, when they enter the boat cabin

Debates :
15 September:
7pm - 7:30pm :  Mark Rappolt and Cyril de Commarque
8pm - 9pm: Elif Shafak, Fatima Bhutto and Héctor Abad Faciolince

20 September: 
6:30pm - 7:30pm : Mark Rappolt + a guest artist
8pm - 9pm : Adam Thirlwell and Pankaj Mishra

21 September : 
7pm - 8pm : Sophie Hackford and Sonia Trigueros

Fluxland is a part of the Totally Thames festival, which proposes over 150 events to celebrate the Thames throughout the month of September. Anybody can come and attend the shows, exhibitions and strange events. 

Floating Dreams by Ik-Joong Kang. Photo : Totally Thames
Floating Dreams by Ik-Joong Kang.
Photo : Totally Thames

You can for instance discover Floating Dreams, by Ik-Joong Kang. During the 1950s, thousands of people died during the Korean war, and many had to move from north to south to survive. Seventy years later, the artist asked 500 of these people to draw their hometown. Even though they are now more than 80 years old, they still hope that the countries will reunite one day. Ik-Joong Kang gathered the drawings and created an illuminated cube with them, which he put in the centre of the Thames right next to the Millennium bridge.




If you like the marine world, you will be pleased to board on the tall ships which will navigate from 15 to 18 September between Woolwich Arsenal to Greenwich or Tower bridge. Gorgeous sailboats will be open to the public who will discover Old Royal Naval College, Cutty Sark and Canary Wharf from the Thames. You can also board on the boats during the night and enjoy fireworks at Royal Arsenal Pier.

Tall Ships sail. Photo : Totally Thames
Tall Ships sail. Photo : Totally Thames


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