Plymouth, MA

What Happened to Plymouth’s Painted Scallop Shells?

Dianna Carney

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Fans of this local art project will be sad to hear the recent news,Photo byThe Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce / Photo Edit by Dianna Carney

The Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce announced on May 22, 2023, that the beloved Scallop Shells art installation would be removed. The Scallop Roll art project was a popular public art display in Plymouth. The 29 unique fiberglass structures, each measuring 4 feet tall, were sponsored by local businesses and organizations. Custom-designed and hand-painted by local artists, the shells quickly became a beloved fixture in the community.

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The art project was at locations around Plymouth to help support local businesses and tourism.Photo byThe Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce / Photo Edit by Dianna Carney

According to their social media statement, the removal is necessary to make way for new art installations, which will hopefully be unveiled in the fall. The Chamber of Commerce also announced that 14 of the original fiberglass Scallop Shells would be available for purchase at an upcoming auction.

"Don’t be alarmed! The Scallop Shells haven’t been stolen. Unfortunately, it’s time for these beauties to comedown and be replaced with something new hopefully in the Fall. Stay tuned for auction information about the 14 shells that will be up for grabs." - Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce

The decision to remove the Scallop Shells was met with mixed reactions from Plymouth residents. While some were disappointed to see the art installation go, others were excited for the opportunity to see new art and creative projects in the community.

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These scallop shells are on to their next journey!Photo byThe Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce / Photo Edit by Dianna Carney

One local artist expressed her sadness about the removal, writing:

"I recently heard that paint was coming off my shell. Needless to say I was heartbroken. Is there anyway I can repaint the areas? My shell was the Rockafella(?) from Rockland Trust.”

In addition to the Scallop Shells, Plymouth recently unveiled a new public art display featuring 18 Adirondack chairs, also designed and painted by local artists. The chairs have been a hit with residents and visitors alike, and many are already wondering what new art projects will be coming to the community next. In the meantime, the 14 Scallop Shells that will be up for auction are sure to be a hot commodity, with many residents eager to take home a piece of Plymouth history!

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Will you be trying to bring one of these scallop shells home?Photo byThe Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce / Photo Edit by Dianna Carney

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