Hunt Glass Floats on Block Island
If you’ve always enjoyed scavenger hunts for colorful eggs around Easter time, Block Island is upping the ante with an island-wide search for orbs of an even more precious kind with the Glass Float Project.
The idea is inspired. 550 glass floats (orbs about the size of a grapefruit) lay hidden on the island’s beaches and Greenway trails – most of them clear glass, but a special few (16 to be exact, since it’s 2016) in prettier colors, plus one made entirely of gold leaf. Each of these numbered floats is handcrafted, numbered and stamped by glass artist Eben Horton (www.ebenhortonglass.com), who came up with the idea for the interactive public art installation.
This is the seventh year for the search, which begins in early June and continues until all the floats have been found (Don’t panic if you can’t get there immediately – in previous years, only about half the available floats were found, or at least, registered.) It’s a finder’s keepers activity – you’re welcome to keep any float you find, but there are two requests: 1) only one float per seeker and (2) you register any floats you find with the Block Island Tourism Council (www.blockislandinfo.com) so they can keep track.
If you go searching, a coupe of hints: floats will be hidden on the beaches above the high tide mark (but never in the dunes, or up the side of bluffs) and on the Greenway Trails (within one foot of either side of the trail). Maps of the island (and searching advice) can be found at the Block Island Tourism Council Welcome Center across from the ferry docks. Happy hunting!