The Boston Buoys artist commissions provide an exciting opportunity for three innovative artists to create six stunning new artworks by customising large-scale, historic, navigation buoys, designed to showcase Boston’s rich heritage and maritime connections.
The distinctive artworks will capture the attention and imagination of residents and visitors and stimulate interest in our relationship with the natural environment, exploration and the sea.
The Boston Buoys artworks aim to enhance pride in the town and attract more visitors to the area to experience and view this unique collection of distinctive artworks. We have appointed three experienced and inspirational artists who will each work on these four-metre high steel buoys, which previously served their lives aiding navigation in the iconic Wash of the North Sea, and when they were recently replaced by modern versions they were recognised for their heritage and cultural value.
The mid-20th century buoys are imposing objects and come in fascinating shapes and styles, making them a stunning prospect to engage and capture the imagination of the artists, as demonstrated by the high level of interest in the commissions.
Jo Chapman, a specialist in outdoor sculpture and who has delivered contemporary buoys projects in Shetland amongst her previous work, will create sculptures for the roundabout near the Bus Station on Rosegarth Street, and also for a site opposite the Black Sluice on London Road. Jo’s work will celebrate personal stories and journeys to and from Boston over the sea.
Jo spent some time in the community gathering those stories which will be incorporated into the metal art surrounding the buoy.
Bex Simon, and artist blacksmith, and partner David Harris, have appeared on the up-cycling TV programme ‘Money for Nothing’, will be making two complementary artworks for either side of the Haven Bridge, along John Adams Way. These two sculptures will feature floral displays, inspired by the work of Boston in Bloom. In October 2019, Bex and David headed out into the Boston town centre with their mobile forge where the public had the opportunity to try blacksmithing activities.
Finally, Carrie Reichardt, an internationally renowned craft-activist and public artist who has made work for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London amongst other commissions, will create her distinctive mosaics for two buoys situated in Central Park, and at St Botolph’s Footbridge.
Carrie is currently creating a booklet for Boston residents to complete that includes activities and questions about how they feel about their town and sense of place. The booklets will be returned to Carrie and used as inspiration for the decoration of one her buoys.
The buoy located in Central Park was installed in it’s place in October 2020 and it’s surrounding garden which has been landscaped by award-winning artist and garden designer Jeni Cairns artist, designer, maker and a brilliant volunteer team. Carrie will give the buoy it’s mosaic decorations in Spring 2021.
Each artists brings a proven track record alongside very distinctive styles and approaches which will make the activities and events for local people to get involved even more exciting. There will be opportunities to visit exhibitions and hear talks and presentations. Keep up to date here on the Transported website, social media or follow the Buoy’s own Facebook page.
Transported is leading the project, in partnership with Boston Borough Council, Boston Big Local, Boston in Bloom and the Environment Agency.