The floats go out throughout the year and the hunt is continuous. 550 glass floats (orbs about the size of an orange) will lay hidden on the island’s beaches and Greenway trails – most them clear glass, but a special few (20 to be exact, since it’s 2020) in beautiful colors and patterns.One super special float is made entirely out of gold leaf. Each of these floats is handcrafted, numbered and stamped with a 'Block Island' by glass artist Eben Horton (www.ebenhortonglass.com), 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 per year 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 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 (watch out for poison ivy and be respectful of private property!). Maps of the island can be found at the Welcome Center across from the ferry docks. Happy hunting!