Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Bathing Beauties - winners and weekend

We've been covering the marvellous Bathing Beauties for several months here at Shedworking. You'll find pictures of the winners below but you should also make a beeline for Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea this weekend (September 22-23) where the longest linear arts festival in the world - the Bathing Beauties Festival (poster pictured above) - will be held in beach huts along the seashore - poetry, fireworks, storytelling, music, drama, guided tours, and much more. Click here for more information. You'll also be able to see the winning huts in the flesh and even book them for daily summer hire in 2008.

So, the winners of the main competition were:
> Atelier NU, Montreal (Quebec), for 'Halcyon Beach Hut' built with plexiglass and western red cedar

> Feix&Merlin, London, for 'Eyes Wide sHut', a'picture frame' hut with two ornate hand crafted timber frames and floor to ceiling dark tinted mirrored panels

> 'i-am' associates, London, for 'Jabba', the world's first contemporary cave, made from cedar wood, glass and colour anodised aluminium as sedimentary layers.

> we made that, London, for 'A Hut for Gazing and Canoodling' an inconspicuous black hideaway with a lush interior (to be installed in 2008).

I also liked the winner of the Best Scale ModelT by hurgood Hobson Design, London, for their model 'Lazy Susan' inspired by the Airstream caravan and which is designed to rotate to follow the sun.

The beach huts will be the property of East Lindsey District Council, will be officially opened for public view on 22 & 23 Sept 2007, when advance bookings will be taken for daily public hire for 2008. More details including a full list of winners and pictures at the Bathing Beauties site here.

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