Mark Dion and the Folkestone Triennial

Mark Dion, sketch for “Mobile Gull Appreciation Unit”, 2006.

The inaugural Folkestone Triennial, titled Tales of Time and Space, will open this Saturday, June 14 with a new work by Season 4 artist Mark Dion. A medium-sized town 66 miles from London and 22 miles from France, Folkestone began as a fishing village, became a successful trading port, and later emerged as a popular Victorian seaside resort. Dion is one of 23 artists invited to engage with Folkestone’s history, culture and built environment for this three-month exhibition. According to, Dion researched Folkestone’s gull and, seeking to foster greater love for the birds, developed a Mobile Gull Appreciation Unit (sketch above).

The Triennial is presented in public spaces–the beach, the harbour, parks, the marine promenade and in historic buildings. While some of the commissioned projects are fixed, objects like Dion’s Gull will move around the town over the course of the exhibition. All of the artworks will be on display for the public to experience free of charge through September 14, 2008.

Nicole J. Caruth is managing editor of the ART21 Magazine. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications, including ARTnews, C Magazine, Gastronomica, Public Art Review, and the Phaidon Press books Vitamin Green and Vitamin D2. A regular contributor to this site since 2008, she joined the ART21 staff in 2013.

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