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Video: Margate swimming pool used in bizarre arts event by Hamish Fulton

03 March 2010

Video: watch the walking art-work on the beach

More than 100 people put their best foot forward to become part of a bizarre arts event in Margate.

The group wrapped up warm to complete seven laps of the bathing pool near the Nayland Rock shelter, while a number of camera crews - including one precariously perched on top of the Arlington House tower block - filmed their every step.

The footage will form part of an exhibition at the town's Turner Contemporary in 2012 by 'walking artist' and photographer Hamish Fulton, from Canterbury.

The 63-year-old has been commissioned to produce a series of group walks in the county - the first of which took place last January when around 40 people followed a route along the perimeter of Canterbury’s original city walls.

He said: "Some people have asked whether what I'm doing is art but my answer is always the same: I'm an artist so therefore this is art."

Volunteers from St John Ambulance were on standby to offer first aid treatment to anyone who slipped on the walk or fell into the icy sea.

Walkers were also given safety advice by organisers and told to take care on uneven surfaces.

But the decision to use a pool in which several people have drowned was criticised by Cllr Iris Johnston, who represents the Margate Central ward at Thanet council.

She said: "I'm sure the film will look very impressive but there are signs everywhere to warn people of the dangers of walking on the edge of the bathing pool. This sends out completely the wrong message in the run up to the summer season."

Mr Fulton, who became the oldest British man to have reached the summit of Mount Everest in 2009, has walked in more than 25 countries over the past three decades.

His work has been influenced by everything from the culture of American Indians to the meditation of Buddhist monks.

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