WISH YOU WERE HERE’ BEACH HUTS: Southend-On-Sea, Essex.
On 17th Sept 2016, Ruth Catlow's and Marc Garrett's design for one of the beach huts, commissioned by the arts organisation, Metal.
I Gamble (After Kruger) is a playful homage to Barbara Kruger's I shop therefore I am, 1990. It is also a critique of UK's gambling culture, and how a similar psychology influenced UK's flippant attitude towards the banking crisis caused by the banks in 2008, unchallenged by many in the UK; whether it was a mass of everyday people, neo-liberal politicians and the mainstream, right-wing newpapers and tv broadcasting media.
Wish You Were Here is an "installation of ten brand new, cultural Beach Huts installed on the shore-end platform of Southend Pier takes audiences on an artist-led, journey through the heyday of the classic Estuary seaside experience to the present day. The exterior of each hut has been designed by an artist/designer – including two by Southend school pupils. Each Beach Hut acts as a small cultural venue for ideas, exhibitions, sound works, film and even a small library.” Metal.