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SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers)  #SOSswimmers @SOSswimmers Photo by John Hirsch
SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers) by Ann Hirsch and Jeremy Angier / A+J Art+Design
Cast foam, tethering system and mushroom anchor
approx. 20' x 50', dimensions variable

The installation consists of a group of cast foam safety orange colored figures floating with inner tubes. The Swimmers relate Fort Point Channel to the seas crossed by those in search of shelter, freedom, prosperity and safety and they invoke Boston’s long history of welcoming immigrants. Each figure represents nearly 1 million of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' estimated 21.3 million refugees in the world today.The figures are tethered together to allow for individual motion and for the whole group to rotate with the tides.