SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers)
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.