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Emin unveils baby clothes artwork

13 June 08 15:05 GMT

Artist Tracey Emin has unveiled a trail of seven items of baby clothing cast in bronze and stuck to pavements and railings around a Kent town.

Her installation, which will be a permanent feature in Folkestone, Kent, is among the work of 22 artists commissioned for the seaside town.

It includes a white matinee jacket on a railing, a small teddy under a bench, and a baby's sock stuck to a curb.

The project marks the first Folkestone Triennial exhibition.

Margate-born Emin was inspired by baby clothes dropped in the street.

"I realised that I could have the work all over Folkestone if it was very tiny and then I saw a lot of nice looking teenage mums and their babies and I thought that I should make something for them," she said.

"I wasn't concerned that people might miss them but I was worried that people might vandalise them, but because they are tiny and small I think the people of Folkestone will protect them," she added.

A spokeswoman for the Triennial Exhibition said: "There's no security protecting the work but it's made of bronze and fastened strongly to the ground."

Other artists with work on show include Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger, who has numbered 19,240 pebbles to represent each British death on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Many of the soldiers left for France from Folkestone.

Wallinger's work is embedded on a slab of concrete at Folkestone Promenade.

Christian Boltanski has installed sound-pieces on the town's public benches which will trigger recordings of letters to and from servicemen during WWI.

"There are 22 incredibly diverse works, ranging from an underwater fish market to a martello tower covered in ivy, to sound pieces you can only experience by cycling round the town," said spokesman Nick Ewbank.

The £2.25m Folkestone Triennial, to be held every three years, is being funded by the Creative Foundation, backed by Roger de Haan, former chairman of Saga, which is based in the town.

Mr de Haan said: "We're hoping the triennial will be appreciated by local people but we also believe people in their thousands will come to Folkestone to see the show."

Daily performances will also take place based on the comic traditions of Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati, created by Jeremy Deller with local amateur dramatic groups.

The Triennial's temporary works will remain in situ for the three months of the exhibition, which runs until 14 September.

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