Arts Council England
Boston Buoys trail celebrates town’s heritage
A new six-part art trail has been launched in Lincolnshire, celebrating maritime connections, ‘Boston Buoys’ will help capture the town’s rich heritage.
Artists Carrie Reichardt, Jo Chapman and Bex Simon, who were selected following a national competition, remodelled the formerly disused buoys into an art trail for everyone to enjoy. They can be found across the coast in various places, from the Bus Station to St Botolph’s Footbridge and South Square to Central Park.
Each artist revitalised two buoys and linked the sculptures back to Boston itself – telling the stories of local people, history and environment. All are unique, with some featuring mosaic mermaids, cages of metal seaweed and forged metal flowers.
Boston Buoy Sculpture. Photo by Steven Hatton/Neil Baker © Electric Egg.
Led by Transported, Boston and South Holland’s Creative People and Places programme and supported by Arts Council’s National Lottery Project Grants, the buoys returned to life – with thanks to the local community.
The trail included craft workshops inspired by the sculptures, sea shanty performances, artist talks and a tour of the artworks.
Boston Buoys launch party. Photo by Steven Hatton/Neil Baker © Electric Egg.
Peter Knott, Area Director for Arts Council England, said:
“It’s fantastic to see these once disused buoys offered a new lease of life and displayed in all their glory for everyone to enjoy.
“We know culture and creativity has the power to transform the places we live and work and hope the local community and visitors alike will be able to enjoy the sculptures for many years to come.”
Nick Jones, Director for Transported, said:
“The Boston Buoys project has captured the town's imagination, referencing the town's maritime history but also connecting with residents’ stories. Public feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we are already talking to strategic partners about new exciting and ambitious public realm projects.”
The trail is available for the public to view, download the trail map here.
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