richard woods completes his latest project, ‘holiday homes,’ as part of the 2017 folkestone triennial. for this public installation, woods has created and placed six colorful homes around folkestone, a port town in south-east england. the artist is known to replicate recognizable objects, in this case, cottage-like structures, with eccentric colors and exciting prints.

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each ‘home’ is located in a different, somewhat absurd, location
image by thierry bal (also main image)

 

 

the foundation for the project concerns issues of home ownership, immigration, and wealth inequality. upon his arrival in folkestone, the artist was handed a real estate brochure that advocated for local inhabitants to sell their homes for cash. folkestone’s close proximity to london makes it a desirable location for city residents to buy weekend or summer homes.¬†woods internalized this concept and recognized that a majority of these local homes would then become a ‘second home’ for wealthy outsiders — emphasizing larger social and economic issues throughout the united kingdom. ‘holiday homes’ is part of the folkestone triennial,¬†on view from september 2nd to november 5th.

richard woods folkestone
each home is about one third of the original size and painted in a rainbow of bold colors
image by richardwoodsstudio

richard woods folkestone
after being assembled off site, the homes were lifted onto their intended location
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richard woods folkestone
the work comments on current economic issues, such as the ‘housing crisis’ in south east england
image by richardwoodsstudio 

richard woods folkestone
the overall installation consists of five, different colored houses that share the same basic form
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richard woods folkestone
the works are part of the folkestone triennial celebration
image by richardwoodsstudio

richard woods folkestone
the project was sparked by the artist’s reaction to a brochure enticing locals to sell their homes for cash
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richard woods folkestone
discussions of the wealth gap, immigration, and other social and economic issues have surrounded these works
image by thierry bal

richard woods folkestone
the artist was inspired by aspects of his childhood home’s 1970s interior
image by richardwoodsstudio

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