PROJECT : Buoyed Coasts

Buoyed Coasts

  • CATEGORY : Municipal
  • LOCATION : Aselton Park, Hyannis, MA
  • DATE : Completed 2006. Project by Kennen Landscape Architecture, now Offshoots, Inc.

BUOYED Coasts is an outdoor site installation composed of 50 lobster buoys mounted on 12’-19’ poles. The project creates a display of color, light and kinetic motion on a previously under-utilized portion of the Hyannis Waterfront, drawing activity to the area.

In addition to serving as a backdrop for outdoor family theater performances, BUOYED Coasts is an advocacy piece to create awareness of the critical state of costal water quality on the Cape. The buoys are painted one of 3 colors to represent water quality and health of local estuaries. A partnership was sought with the Barnstable High School and buoy patterns were painted by a senior art class, ensuring local acceptance. The project brings awareness of the nitrogen run-off problem threatening the Cape’s marine ecology to the 10,000 daily visitors that pass through Hyannis Harbor.


  • 2007  Design Honor Award from Boston Society of Landscape Architects


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