The Hull Artwalk transformed an abandoned pedestrian walkway and parking lot into a mutli-faceted public art installation off Nantasket Avenue, connecting the beach and the bay. The opening was Sept 4, 2019, and a ceremony hosted by the Hull Economic Development Committee and the board of selectmen. This day is now listed in the public record as “Hull Artwalk Day”!
Funds were raised through a Commonwealth Places campaign that offered to give the initiative $25,000 if the public donated the same amount. The fundraising goal was reached near the end of May, artists were selected in June and they worked from July 1 through 31. I worked with the community to create 6 buoy star bursts, 3 sculptural garden beds and the art garden space.
Buoys are a familiar sight in Hull, as they are used to mark lobster pots and sometimes get cut off from their tether and then wash up on shore. Buoy is a word that is related to the word “buoyant” which means “able or apt to stay afloat or rise to the top of a liquid or gas, and another meaning is “ cheerful and optimistic.” In the spirit of buoyancy the Buoy Starbursts are conceived as a community arts element for a new Art Garden and Art Walk connecting the boardwalk and beach area with the new garden.
There will be 6 buoy starbursts created summer and Fall 2019. Hull High School students painted 48 buoys, 24 buoys were painted at a community event in May, 24 buoys were painted by Hull Artists, and 24 buoys painted by people in the Hull Pride community.
The starburst form represents the explosion of new energy coming to Nantasket beach in the form of new investment and expression. The community engagement approach to constructing these starbursts demonstrates a commitment to the understanding that beauty is in variation and an inclusion, and that interconnectedness is what creates a sense of place.
Community members came out to a fundraiser in May to work on the first prototype:
Come visit the Hull Artwalk to see these sculptures and 10 awesome mural created by local artists!
- Patriot Ledger “Nantasket art installation, pedestrian path to open Wednesday”
- CBS Local “Hull Art Walk Aims To Bring Beauty And Life To The Oceanfront”
- Patriot Ledger “Public art installation nearing completion in Hull”