BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. – Grab your galoshes and get ready to discover art where you least expect it in BIMA’s Treasure Trek: A Glass Float Seek & Keep. This spring, in celebration of Bainbridge Island Museum of Art’s (BIMA) 10th anniversary, 200 hand-blown glass orbs will be hidden on public lands across Kitsap County just waiting to be discovered and treasured by intrepid art lovers. The rules are simple: you find it, you keep it! BIMA’s Treasure Trek launches April 1, 2023, with an initial float drop of 100 pieces. Learn more at https://www.biartmuseum.org/treasure-trek/.
Working in partnership with Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District, Kitsap County Parks Department, Poulsbo Parks & Recreation, and Tacoma youth development arts non-profit Hilltop Artists, young glassblowers are creating 200 unique glass balls stamped with BIMA’s logo. The balls, or “floats” (inspired by the glass fishing net floats used by Japanese fishermen), will be hidden in parks, on trails and beaches, and other public lands across the county (see list below). Never quite in plain sight, the floats could be behind a log, in a tree, in a hollowed-out stump, under a bush, or other spots that help camouflage the grapefruit-sized artworks. But there’s no need to go tromping around off-trail, these translucent treasures will always be about an arm’s reach from marked pathways.
Found one? It’s yours to keep! Keep just one, but continue to hunt and share photos if you’d like—share your find with the hashtag #BIMATreasureTrek and be entered to win one of five prize packages.
TREASURE TREK RULES
BIMA’s Treasure Trek is a you-find-it, you-keep-it event with just a few guidelines to keep it fun for everyone.
The glass floats are hidden in public spaces such as parks and waterways. No need to trespass; the glass floats will never be on private property.
Trail-hidden glass floats can be found within a few feet of the trail, and floats hidden on beaches will be well above the high tide line.
Glass floats will never be hidden in ecologically sensitive areas or wetlands (soggy ground = no floats).
Don’t forget to look up, down, and all around. The glass floats may be hiding off the ground in trees, behind logs, on an old fencepost, etc.
Please keep only one float per seeker. However…
Keep hunting, you might find one you like more. Please just hide your first treasure where you found the second one. Or, snap a photo and re-hide it for another seeker to find.
Send a photo of you with your find to email@example.com
Post your photo to Instagram with the hashtag #BIMATreasureTrek and tag BIMA at @bimuseum.of.art to win swag in celebration of BIMA’s 10th Anniversary. Follow @bimuseum.of.art for giveaway rules and updates.
Fort Ward Park - 2241 Pleasant Beach Dr NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Grand Forest East - 9594 Mandus Olson Road NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Hawley Cove Park - 11001 NE Wing Point Way, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Manzanita Park - 7644 NE Day Rd W, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Strawberry Hill Park - 7666 High School Rd NE, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Chico Salmon Viewing Park - 3121 Chico Way NW, Bremerton, WA 98312
Kitsap County Fairgrounds Trails - Fairgrounds Rd NW, Bremerton, WA 98311
Buck Lake County Park - 6959 NW Buck Lake Road, Hansville WA 98340
Anderson Point County Park - 8401 SE Millihanna Rd, Olalla, WA 98359
Howe Farm County Park - 1901 Long Lake Rd SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366
Long Lake County Park - 5100 Long Lake Rd SE, Port Orchard, WA 98367
South Kitsap Regional Park - 2729 Jackson Ave SE, Port Orchard, WA 98366
American Legion Park - 19265 Front St NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370
Fish Park - 288 NW Lindvig Way, Poulsbo, WA 98370
Island Lake County Park - 1087 NW Island Lake Rd, Poulsbo, WA 98370
Nelson Park - 20296 3rd Ave NW, Poulsbo, WA 98370
Poulsbo Wilderness Trail - 18943 Caldart Ave NE, Poulsbo, WA 98370
Guillemot Cove Trailhead - 19484 NW Stavis Bay Rd, Seabeck, WA 98380
Kitsap County Anderson Landing Park - 10955 Warren Rd NW, Silverdale, WA 98383
Whispering Firs Stormwater Park - 12354 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale, WA 98383