Published: 11:22, 21 April 2020
| Updated: 11:50, 21 April 2020
Following the announcement that the fifth Folkestone Triennial has been postponed until next year, we take a look at some of the more memorable pieces from the art festivals of years past.
At the first triennial in 2008 Tracey Emin scattered bronze simulacra of baby clothes and items around the town - tucked under benches, hanging from railings and lying by a kerb.
Exuding an aura of the forlorn and dejected, they were a poignant reminder of Folkestone’s high teenage pregnancy rate, similar to that of Margate, Emin’s home town.
The Folkestone Mermaid:
Folkestone’s answer to Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid - the Folkestone Mermaid, by Cornelia Parker - was a commission for the 2011 Triennial.
Her watchful gaze looks out over the horizon, alluding to the threat of rising sea levels and endangered populations living by the sea.
The life-size bronze cast is, however, not a lookalike of the Copenhagen Mermaid, but a real person, a free spirit and is that of local mother of two, Georgina Baker.
Six years ago, Yoko Ono - Beatles member John Lennon's widow - created a poster adorning the words Earth Peace.
It was placed at Folkestone Central station, greeting people arriving in the town, and also in the form of a flag on top of The Grand on The Leas.
The stark artwork was in the same style of the campaign posters the Japanese artist and her late husband put up in 1969 with the words: “War is Over! (If you want it).”
Also in 2014, 30 small bars of gold, in two different sizes, were buried in the sand at Outer Harbour beach in a project from Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer.
Hundreds of people got out their shovels and metal detectors to hunt for the precious metal, worth either £250 or £500.
While some lucky people hit the jackpot, it is thought some nuggets could still be buried at the beach even today.
Antony Gormley’s metal statue, titled Another Time, can be found under the Harbour Arm looking towards the sea, after being installed in 2017.
Originally just on loan to the town, it was revealed last year that it will be staying put on the loading bay.
Richard Woods designed six colourful bungalows for the 2017 triennial.
They were installed in ‘unlikely’ places around town, suggesting that no site is too small, too unlikely, or too inconvenient for its neighbours, for a holiday home.
They can be found in Sandgate Road, on the cliff top and floating in the harbour.
And then there was Art Buff...
In 2014, renowned street artist Banksy contributed his own unofficial piece for the art festival.
Art Buff, painted on the side of Palace Amusements arcade in Payers Park, shows a woman wearing headphones peering over an empty plinth.
It was subjected to graffiti and only six weeks later it was removed and sent to America, where it went on auction in Miami.
But after it failed to sell a legal battle over its ownership saw the painting placed in the hands of Creative Folkestone in 2015, who brought it back to the town.