Walking along the coastal promenade of Folkestone, visitors are met with a rather unusual sight: three bizarre green beach huts, set back from the pavement, made entirely from a retired crazy golf course. The inspiration for this? It was designed to be a fitting tribute to the former Rotunda Amusement Park, which previously stood where the huts are now. While it may not seem obvious at first, the trio of mini houses are actually part of the Folkestone Triennial, which runs annually from the 25th June – 25th September, and are one of only eight permanent artworks in the seaside town.
This year, 19 artists from all over the world have been commissioned to craft fresh pieces for the 2011 Folkestone Triennial. These sculptures, paintings, buildings and collages will be scattered throughout the town to become part of everyday life and continue to bring the art world to the public domain. It is one of the boldest and most ambitious art collections in the UK, using the streets, beach and buildings of Folkestone as a living canvas. The Triennial is also part of the Creative Foundation, a charity actually based in Folkestone, which is paving the way for a revival of the old town area and harbour, and has already rejuvenated 60 buildings.
The three month event is sure to delight people of all ages and is bound to stir even a slight curiosity in the most cynical of art critics. Take advantage of this astonishing free event, and do it in luxury in one of our holiday cottages in and around Folkestone. It’s definitely an event not to be missed!