The Etched in Time arts trail was developed as part of the Experience Boston project. Working with Creative People and Places project Transported and Boston Borough Council, we created 8 permanent artworks which celebrate Boston’s heritage. The artworks respond to the themes of Travel, Trade and Influence and layers of visual motifs with the artworks allude to the history of each location.
The artworks were hand-drawn digitally and then etched into brass with a black inlay and bronzed finish. The artworks are designed to weather with time and become an established part of the street landscape.
The choice of medium is inspired by the monumental brasses found in churches across the United Kingdom, particularly in areas like Lincolnshire which, because of their proximity to the coast, benefitted from the ease of importing the latten metal needed for their creation. As with the monumental brasses, we hope that residents and visitors to Boston will take away their own version of the artwork through rubbings, thus reviving a once popular pastime and encouraging people to create their own interpretation of the artworks.