Folkestone Triennial runs from 2nd September to 5th November, and has numerous artworks on show around the town so I decided to go and see it for myself.
The three main focuses for my visit were works by Cornelia Parker, Antony Gormley and Richard Woods.
Cornelia Parker produced ‘The Folkestone Mermaid’ in 2011 for the Folkestone Triennial and was purchased in 2012. The statue is located next to Folkestone Harbour, on Sunny Sands beach, overlooking the sea, it was conceived to be a reinterpretation of Copenhagens ‘Little Mermaid’ and a means of both engaging Folkestone’s community and with the reality of the female form.
Antony Gormley, famously known for creating the ‘Angel of the north’, has three cast iron sculptures on show for the Folkestone Triennial , with two being in Folkestone, and one outside the Turner Contemporary in Margate (which I’m yet to visit) , the artist intends them to “bear witness to what it is like to be alive and alone in space and time” and to celebrate the “still and silent nature of sculpture”, all three figures stand within the ebb and flow of the tide, so its advisable to check the tide timetables to avoid disappointment.
Richard Woods has created six one-third sized homes, all identical apart from color. He has created them to represent that the booming market in ‘second homes’ represents a crisis not of housing supply, but of economic inequality. They are all located in ‘unlikely’ places which suggests that no site is too small, to unlikely or too inconvenient for its neighbors, for a holiday home.
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