Overlooking Black Sluice on London Road

Jo Chapman has been commissioned to make two new sculptures as part of a series of six new artworks for Boston. The theme of Jo’s sculptures is one of journeys and migration, the buoys are relics of the sea – they have a story to tell of the ships that have passed, the seas they have helped navigate and ports they may have been in.

The buoys are entwined with flotsam and jetsam, and are left in their natural state allowing the marks and dents in them to tell their story.

Transported Art are looking for stories from Boston residents on the theme of journeys and migration to be incorporated into two new sculptures, customising old maritime buoys.

They would love to hear from you!

  • What is the most significant journey you have ever taken?
  • Where did you travel to and from?
  • Why was it important to you?

Send your journey in by email to bostonbuoys@gmail.com or message them on their FB page or tag them in a posting using #bostonbuoys

Or you can visit Jo in person this month at the following locations:

  • Thursday 13th February – 10.30am to 1pm at Boston Guildhall and 2pm to 4pm at Black Sluice Café
  • Friday 14th February – 10am to 1pm at Len Medlock Centre and 2pm to 4pm at Boston Library
  • Saturday 15th February – Willoughby Road Allotments

Where you can leave your contributions in the post boxes at these locations.

This project is supported by University of Lincoln, Arts Council England, Centre for Culture and Creativity, Boston Borough Council and Boston Big Local.

Artist, Jo Chapman, said: “I would love to have your contributions to incorporate into the sculpture, I am looking for stories, a letter or diary entry about a journey that holds some personal significance, whether that is about coming to Boston, or leaving, or travelling somewhere else. I will be holding drop in sessions (times and dates to be confirmed) where you can come and meet me directly to tell me and find out more, or you can pop a story into a special postbox (to be left at the venues for a few weeks), or submit by email, Twitter, Facebook etc as well. Parts of the stories will then be used as details on the metal sculpture, the stories will give a human dimension to the buoy sculptures and a voice to local people.”

Alison Fairman, Chair of Boston in Bloom, said: “The Boston Buoys are an exciting project for Boston, unique and using buoys from the Wash. Boston in Bloom wholeheartedly supports this and we hope that residents will share their memories of the fishing, maritime and sailing history of our town.”

Roundabout near Boston Bus Station