'Walking is an art form in its own right, it does not have to be a lesser form of land art.' Hamish Fulton
We commissioned artist Hamish Fulton to conduct a series of three walks in the lead up to the opening of our new gallery.
Based in Canterbury, Kent, Fulton's art focuses on an engagement with the environment and the self through the experience of walking. He describes himself as a 'walking' artist, resisting the limitations of the terms 'land artist', 'performance artist' or 'sculptor'.
Walk 1: Canterbury, 29 January 2009
Forty people from the University for the Creative Arts followed a circular route around the outside perimeter of Canterbury's original city walls. Participants walked in silence, in single file, and maintained a distance of approximately 4 metres between each person.
The event was financed with the support of the European programme Interreg Iva.
You can watch a video from the third and final walk in Boulogne on 8 November below, courtesy of Reportage C.Chevalier / P. Rousselle / F. Defrance, France 3 Région Nord-Pas de Calais.
Walk 2: Margate, 3 March 2010
Over 200 people completed seven circuits of Margate’s Marine Bathing Pool, walking in silence, keeping a metre distance from the person in front of them.
Seen from the promenade, over 200 walkers traced a continuous line on the beach by completing seven circuits around Margate’s Marine Bathing Pool. Participants kept a meter distance from each other and described the experience as being “peaceful”, “meditative” and “serene”...
“The moving silhouette shapes were mesmerizing against the sea and sky.”
“I felt consumed by my surroundings, my mind was set free from my 'to do' list. Thank you for letting me experience this.”
“I felt I found inner peace, I loved it.”
“I didn't want to stop so I will keep going on and on in my dreams tonight in my bed walking”
“Visually beautiful - a meditative experience. Very pleased to have taken part.”
Walk 3: Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, 8 November 2010
These walks were important events in strengthening the connections of the local community with their town, the seascape and each other. The community’s continued involvement in this project was a key element to each walk.
Visit Hamish Fulton's website to find out more about the artist.