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Folkestone Triennial opens with gold rush to the beach

The Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer has buried 30 bars of gold in the beach of the town on the south coast of England for an interactive work

Get your shovels out: Michael Sailstorfer has buried 30 bars of gold in the beach for Folkestone Digs

For the third edition of the Folkestone Triennial, “Lookout”, 19 artists and art collectives have been commissioned to create site-specific works for Folkestone’s public spaces, of which around a third will become permanent additions to the city’s public art collection.

One of them is causing a rush to the beach ahead of the triennials opening on Saturday (until 2 November). The Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer has buried 30 bars of gold in the beach of the town on the south coast of England for his interactive work Folkestone Digs.

Lewis Biggs, the curator of the triennial, says he was careful to only invite artists “whose works fit the opportunity, who want to be in dialogue with the urban context, who have something to say about contemporary life in a wider world and who want to engage with a broader audience.”

The London-based artist Pablo Bronstein has created Beach Hut in the Style of Nicholas Hawksmoor, while Something & Son is using the roof of the Glassworks Sixth Form Centre for Amusefood, a food-themed installation that addresses the world's impending food crisis.

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