Before the finishing touches for the city's inaugural Light City festival are complete, dozens of rows of hand-crafted origami were being set afloat on the waters of Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
"The excitement down here, you can feel it in the air," said Cathy Hornig, festivals director at the Baltimore Office of Promotions and Arts.
Light City Baltimore promises to be full of music, food, artwork and innovation.
Twenty-eight separate artists, most from Baltimore, will set-up pieces of art that incorporate light along a mile and a half stretch of the Inner Harbor.
"There is a lot of preparation," said Gloria Rochi, an artist who, along with her husband Claudio, journeyed from London to participate.
It was their first trip to the city. Wednesday they put the final touches on their origami pieces, which were anchored in place by a system of weights and incorporated an LED system that lets viewers shift the colors of the light from their cell phones.
"We were excited about Light City Baltimore. There are a lot of events," Ronchi said.
Perhaps the sweetest part of it all is that admission for the seven day show will be free.
"Truly the eyes of the world will be on Baltimore next week during light city and we are going to look amazing," Hornig said.