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Archways to the Art Deco garden

Hours of painstaking metalwork have culminated in a graceful architectural statement centrepiece in Central Park.

Artist Jeni Cairns sculpted the delicate latticework of special corten steel to describe plants, flowers, butterflies and birds.

The four art deco-style arches, with their eight plasma-cut inserts, were inspired by the work of 1920s artist Edgar Brant.

Community Payback, Boston in Bloom volunteers and Your-Day-Your-Say pre-prepared and planted the ground near the Tawney Street entrance for Jeni to oversee the installation on Thursday of the arches.

She explained she drew freehand the designs on flat sections of corten steel, which forms a sealing layer of rust when weathered preserving the steel beneath preventing further rusting. A coppery-red patina develops over time.

She sliced the design out using a plasma cutter before installing the panels into framing arches. Each one is unique.

The area around the arches has been planted up with some varieties chosen for their ability to climb and weave their way through the cut-out panels.

Jeni said the structure had attracted many positive comments. 

Complementing the arches and planting is the attractive hexagon-shaped paved area fitted by local contractor, Tony Bills.

Transported, the Boston and South Holland Arts organisation, paid for the design of the garden, which has been developed to mark the forthcoming centenary of Central Park. 

The project was only possible due to the generosity of Boston Big Local who contributed £10,000 to the total cost of £11,500, with Boston Borough Council meeting the balance.

Of his visit to see the installation, Richard Tory, Chairman of the Boston Big Local Partnership Group, said he was "very impressed by the results" and told us "I think everyone has done a magnificent job in such a short time, from preparation of the site right through to installation of the arches and, on the behalf of the Boston Big Local partnership, I would like to thank them all for their efforts." 

The new garden complements the Birch Avenue and refurbished community growing area, which are also located at the Tawney Street entrance.

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Jeni Cairns with her father, Owen Wheatley, who helped her with the final installation in Central Park.