SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers)

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers)
Photo Credit: A+J Art+Design
Lead Artist(s):

Contributing Artist(s):
Jeremy Angier
http://www.aandjartanddesign.com

Description:

SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers)was installed in Boston Harbor during the fall of 2016. The installation instantly engaged the public with 22 bright orange figures floating in a kinetic, dynamically changing group. Animated by wind and currents into mesmerizing formations, the attention grabbing display caused passers-by to stop, look and consider: Each foam figure represents nearly one million of the estimated 21.3 million refugees worldwide who face peril seeking safety and freedom. SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers)sparked conversation in national print media, on local TV networks and around the blogosphere. Members of the public posted hundreds of pictures to social media with hashtags #SOSswimmers, #FortPointArts, #FortPointChannel. FPAC calls SOS its “most successful project to date in terms of audience engagement.” FPAC’s social media platform exploded in the days and weeks following the installation, with hundreds of comments sparking thousands of reposts across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

PROJECT LOCATION

Public Space
Waterway/River
Fort Point Channel is a historc waterway in Boston Harbor. The Fort Point Channel Art Basin sits between the Congress and Summer Street bridges, overlooked by The Boston Tea Party Museum, The Children's Museum, and several prominent landmarks and buildings in Boston's financial district, including the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The Fort Point neighborhood's historic warehouse buildings are home to one of New England’s largest arts communities.
Fort Point Channel, Boston, MA
Boston, MA 2210
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

Fort Point Arts Community
Friends of Fort Point Channel
Friends of Fort Point Channel
PROJECT DETAILS

Temporary
10,000
under $50K
Private
Installation, Kinetic, Sculpture
Mixed Media
2016
2017