Revealed today is Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer’s new work, Folkestone Digs, for the 2014 Folkestone Triennial, which has remained a secret until now. Commissioned by arts producers, Situations, Sailstorfer has announced that he has buried 30 individual pieces of 24-carat gold under the sand of the Outer Harbour beach.
The beach, which becomes partly covered at high tide, is open to the public. The pieces of gold are dispersed across a wide expanse of beach, which is only revealed during low-tide from 4pm today (Thursday 28 August 2014).
Born in 1979, Michael Sailstorfer lives and works in Berlin. Though the artist’s artistic process spans highly elaborate productions to near-imperceptible interventions, a common factor across his work is the disruption of the everyday. Previous works have included painstakingly collecting fallen autumn leaves, painting and refastening them back onto the tree to simulate a premature spring. Another work enacts a process of ‘cabin cannibalism,’ with the artist feeding the rotting wooden walls of a small chalet to the wood-burner within, until nothing remains in the landscape but the burning stove. Sailstorfer is intent on expanding the notion of classical sculpture and Folkestone Digs is a continuation of his aim ‘to make art that comes less from the head and more from the stomach’.
Situations were invited to produce a work for this year’s Triennial by Curator, Lewis Biggs, in recognition of their ability to deliver public artworks that remake our sense of place and reshape where, when and how public art occurs.
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