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During the 1994 Ayr Arts Festival, the Paper Boat came to the River Ayr, where George Wyllie gave a talk at the Borderline Theatre about its construction and the ideas behind it. He talked about the questions he was asking about the demise of the Clydeside shipyards.

In Ayr, the Paper Boat was assembled by community groups supervised by George, a method of involving local people in the arts which he was enthusiastic about and had often used with the Paper Boat. It was launched to a fanfare by Prestwick Academy's Jazz Band and illuminated by a laser show.

Situated between the Auld Brig and the new one, the Paper Boat was very visible to everyone in Ayr at the time and became the symbol for its 1994 Festival which, appropriately, had the theme of 'Water'.

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