If you’ve always enjoyed scavenger hunts for colorful eggs around Easter time, we’ve upped the ante with an island-wide search for orbs of an even more precious kind with the Glass Float Project.
This is the seventh year for the search, which began the first weekend in June and continues until all the floats have been found. 550 glass floats (orbs about the size of an orange) lay hidden on the island’s beaches and Greenway trails – most them clear glass, but a special few (18 to be exact, since it’s 2018) 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, who came up with the idea for the interactive public art installation.
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 so they can keep track.
If you go searching, a couple 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 can be found at the Welcome Center across from the ferry docks. Happy hunting!