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Artwork ahoy, shipmates!

Plans are being launched for major arts installations in Boston borough highlighting its maritime heritage and historically-influential impact on the world.

It is hoped that the Boston Buoys project - using redundant Wash shipping buoys - will link with a scheme influenced by the area's heritage, its maritime connections, exploration and the environment.

Up to 15 buoys could be used, placed in strategically important locations in a Lincoln Barons-style project, to reinforce Boston's connections via the river with the sea.

Five of the buoys have been donated by the Port of Boston and, in a joint project with Transported, the Boston arts organisation, artists will be invited to express their interest in reinterpreting them. The other buoys will retain their used, fresh-from-the ocean patina.

Sculptures are also planned, potentially on a sight-line on both sides of the tidal river, near the Pilgrim Fathers' Memorial. Subject to Arts Council support, Transported will commission artists to put forward ideas for the two separate, but related, installations at the memorial site and across the river at RSPB Frampton Marsh.

They will feature as part of Lincolnshire's Structures on the Edge project, which already includes permanent installations in semi-remote locations along the coast such as the Cloud Bar sky observation hide and the Round and Round House bird-watching hide, both near Anderby Creek, the Sound Tower at Chapel Six Marshes and the Reflector sculpture at RSPB Frampton Marsh.

Cllr Claire Rylott, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for tourism, arts, culture and heritage, said: "If we are fortunate with our funding bids and are able to link these projects they will help mark some important international anniversaries regarding Boston's involvement with the Pilgrim Fathers (400th anniversary in 2020) and the founding of Boston, Massachusetts, (400th anniversary in 2030) and have the added bonus of extending this area's cultural offer beyond these landmark dates.

"Our maritime past and present will look beyond this and into the future in a celebration of our land, sea and big sky connections and our remarkable history and heritage of which we are rightly proud."

The three partnership projects will involve the borough council, Transported, Lincolnshire County Council and the Arts Council with local support for the buoys project already in place from Boston Big Local.

Successful bids to the Arts Council would enable a large-scale joined-up scheme to occur.

The buoys could be located on some roundabouts and form part of a maritime trail, helping tell the story of Boston's connections with the sea, it's wealth through trade and its explorers who helped chart the globe.

The three projects would cost a combined £330,000 and they are dependent on Arts Council funding. It is hoped decisions will be made by late summer and the projects complete by 2019/20.

Custom House Quay buoy Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
The existing buoy at Custom House Quay, which could soon be joined by up to 15 others.