Seaside UK design festival features Chinese lattice work

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The Folkestone Triennial art and design festival, held on the UK’s south east coast, this year features a three-dimensional bamboo lattice built by Dutch artist Gabriel Lester over a harbour railway viaduct.

 Named the Electrified Line, the large bamboo structure was designed to mark the point where the disused railway line leaves the land and extends out over the coastline of the British seaside town. The station on shoreline used to connect with cross channel ferries, but is now disused.

 Lester, who is based in Amsterdam, has spent the last three years living and working in China.  This prompted him to choose bamboo for the framework of the installation, which will remain in place for the two-month duration of the arts festival.

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 “When I thought about how to somehow create something that makes people aware of this site, I thought it would be best to use a material that is foreign or alien to Folkestone,” he said.

 “I thought it would be interesting to bring something foreign, literally, and to have people think about the site – the potential for the future and maybe also what happened in the past.”

 The base of the structure is built from timber. It comprises a staggered series of steps that double as a seating area, and an elevated platform offering visitors a view out over the harbour.

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