Golden sands... huge dig for buried bullion
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.”
Treasure hunters dig for the buried gold on Folkestone’s beach yesterday