Golden sands... huge dig for buried bul­lion

Sunday Express - - Jennifer Selway - By Alice Gavin

HUN­DREDS of trea­sure hun­ters flocked to a sea­side town yes­ter­day in search of £10,000 of buried gold.

Ex­cited chil­dren with their par­ents packed the sands at Folke­stone, Kent, at low tide to try to find the hid­den bul­lion.

Ber­lin sculp­tor Michael Sail­stor­fer con­cealed 30 gold bars on the beach at the outer har­bour as a project for the town’s tri­en­nial art fes­ti­val.

To con­fuse the searchers, or­di­nary iron wash­ers were buried as well.

Yes­ter­day at least 250 peo­ple were dig­ging for the 24-carat bars, worth £250 or £500 each, and far more are ex­pected over the week­end.

Ar­gos in Folke­stone has run out of metal de­tec­tors.

Claire Doherty, of arts pro­duc­ers Sit­u­a­tions, who com­mis­sioned the idea, said: “We were hid­ing the gold at 4am. So of­ten art fund­ing is spent on a bauble on a round­about but some­times a tem­po­rary project can have as much im­pact in the col­lec­tive mem­ory as some­thing that has been there a long time.”

Pic­ture: JIM BEN­NETT

Trea­sure hun­ters dig for the buried gold on Folke­stone’s beach yes­ter­day

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