A new sculpture was unveiled on 10 November as part of the official opening of the £15,000 Art Deco garden project in Central Park, to which Boston Big Local contributed £10,000. 

Boston Big Local Chair, Richard Tory, opened the garden with Alison Fairman and Councillor Claire Rylott, chairman and vice-chairman of Boston in Bloom. The Art Deco garden is one of a number of enhancements that have been made to the Tawney Street entrance to Central Park, which have included a refurbished community growing area and the planting of a Birch Avenue.

A sculpture called ‘Dancing Seagulls’ created by award-winning garden designer Jeni Cairns now complements the four art deco style arches which Jeni sculpted and installed earlier in the summer. She said: “The inspiration was an art deco theme but adapted in a modern way. I got the inspiration from Edgar Brant, I love his work. I wanted to put a modern twist on it so by using corten steel it meant that it could go rusty and protect the metal. The planting is a mixture of traditional and modern, things like grasses which should give an all season effect. The sculpture was focused on natural elements and inspiration, things like birds and when I come to Boston I always hear seagulls.”

The project was co-ordinated by Boston Borough Council with the help of Boston in Bloom and Community Payback. Boston Borough Council also contributed £1,500 towards landscaping. The design of the garden was paid for by Transported, the Boston and South Holland arts organisation and The Coaching Inn Group provided £2,000 of sponsorship which has paidfor the new sculpture. Four multi- stemmed Betula Jacquemontii will be planted later this month, courtesy of Dudley Bryant and Ralph Ottey.

Councillor Claire Rylott said “Central Park is a fantastic asset for the community, a green oasis in the centre of town. It’s great to see many families enjoying the open space. It is great to see the Tawney Street entrance transformed, through the development of the Art Deco Style garden and planting of the new Birch Avenue. Thank you to all who have supported this and made it happen.”

Alison Fairman, chairman of Boston in Bloom praised the contributions made by everyone involved in the project, including Community Payback who cleared the site and volunteers who carried out the planting.

Boston  Big Local Chair, Richard Tory, said: “It is beautiful, and we wanted to help create a lasting legacy for the people of Boston.”