This year, Mtec’s #summerofsculpture, was topped with the crown jewel that is Folkestone Triennial. As our first time working on the project it was an honour to be involved with so many of the festival’s integral works; shipping, installing and project managing a number of the town’s main exhibits.
The Folkestone Triennial began in 2008 and has quickly established itself as one of the primary events in the Contemporary Art Calendar and this year saw works by Antony Gormley, Richard Woods, Michael Craig-Martin, Bob and Roberta Smith and Bill Woodrow included in the programme.
Mtec worked on the following installations which can be seen from Sep, 2 – Nov, 5 2017:
Antony Gormley, Another Time XXI 2013 & Another Time XVIII 2013, Folkestone Harbour Arm & Coronation Parade
As part of Gormley’s 100 solid cast-iron life-size figures dispersed around the globe, Another Time XXI and Another Time XVIII are on loan to Folkestone Triennial from the artist and compliment another of the works currently on display at Turner Contemporary, Margate. All three of the works are subject to the elements in that they stand exposed to the daily tides, being fully submerged throughout the day.
Richard Woods, Holiday Home 2017, Six locations throughout Folkestone
Highlighting the cultural and economic discrepancies between the current ‘housing crisis’ and the growing market for secondary homes, Holiday Home is a multi-site installation of six to-scale homes at roughly 1/3 size. Each house is located in an ‘unlikely’ place showcasing unusual, seemingly ‘too small’ or inconvenient spaces throughout the town with the aim of emphasising the social and financial discrepancies between the two opposing ends of the property divide.
Bill Woodrow, The Ledge 2017, Folkestone Lea Walk
The work makes a powerful statement about climate change and the delicate balance of coexistence between man and nature. With the composition echoing the white cliffs surrounding the work, the prominent ‘levels’ of the sculpture are suggestive of rising tides, disappearing cultural practises and the complex narrative between our environmental past, present and future.