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With an exhibition in the Gracefield Gallery, Dumfries in the summer of 1991, George Wyllie brought the Paper Boat to Dumfries.

It was moored on the River Nith, near to the Devorgilla's Bridge, and with classical music playing from it, Wyllie went out to it in a small dinghy and boarded it. There was an explosion and then, with the music still playing, the mast opened up to reveal the question mark.

When it closed again, George Wyllie played his ukulele and sang his Paper Boat Song.

There little ceremony was repeated twice each day, at 1pm and at 10pm, with volunteers rowing out to the Paper Boat to open the mast, reveal the question mark and sing the song.

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