The Colour of Water
Like an Impressionist painter, Finch observed the ever-changing tone and colour of the Channel over several weeks throughout 2010. This resulted in a palette of 100 variants of sea colour, which was used to dye 100 flags. Each morning throughout the Triennial, a sea-coloured flag was chosen and hoisted at midday. Its colour was determined daily by matching the sea’s with one from Finch’s large colour wheel, installed just below the western end of main Leas Promenade.
‘The Colour Of Water’ now stands, waiting patiently for a participant to look through the aperture and match the colour of the sea to one of the kaleidoscope of samples.
New York artist Spencer Finch works in the conventional genre of landscape painting but uses the most unconventional of means. Like an impressionist painter from the nineteenth century for his Folkestone project he worked in the open air. Trying to capture the most fleeting glimpses of nature’s beauty as it shifts and mutates at different times and in changing weather.