After a year of secrecy, we can finally reveal our project for the Folkestone Triennial 2014 – Folkestone Digs.

The Berlin-based artist Michael Sailstorfer has announced that he has buried 30 pieces of 24-carat gold under the sand of the Outer Harbour beach in Folkestone in Kent, in the south east of England.

The beach, which becomes covered at high tide, is open to the public. Visitors to the beach are welcome to dig for gold, or to watch the hunt unfold. Successful treasure-hunters are entitled to keep their gold.

Born in 1979, Michael Sailstorfer lives and works in Berlin. Though the artist’s range of artistic processes spans highly elaborate productions to near-imperceptible interventions, a common factor across his work is the disruption of the everyday.

Previous works have included painstakingly collecting fallen autumn leaves, painting and refastening them back onto the tree to simulate a premature spring and enacting a process of ‘cabin cannibalism,’ feeding the rotting wooden walls of a small chalet to the woodburner within, until nothing remained in the landscape but the burning stove.

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Photo Credit: Steve Tanner

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