Lamp Post (as remembered)
Folkestone’s economy is in transition from ‘seasonal tourism’ to ‘creative industries’. Shrigley‘s witty sculpture comments on this transition by taking a piece of ‘heritage’ and re-presenting it as ‘creativity’. He invited Camille Biddell, an artist friend from Edinburgh, to visit and memorise (in just 40 seconds) the decorative lamp-posts along The Leas. The replica she created from memory now stands among the others, playing on a number of clichés: the ‘draw’ of heritage sites; the images we make as tourists; how memory diverges from reality; the value of ‘originality’, ‘authenticity’ and ‘heritage’ and how all these can be subverted or revived by a contemporary creative twist.
David Shrigley is widely known for his weekly cartoons for the Guardian newspaper (since 2005), his distinctive drawing style, and the satirical, deadpan humour that pervades his work. He is not constrained by other people’s ideas about ‘art’ and fearlessly engages with culture more broadly. While drawing is his core activity, he works across an extensive range of media including sculpture, large-scale installation, animation, publishing, painting, photography, music and merchandise for events.