Art fans get teeth into exhibit

A JAW-ACHING 30,000 sticks of rock were pointing the way on Felixstowe prom as part of a special art show.Thousands of people descended on the Art on the Prom show yesterday which showcased the work of more than 100 artists from across the region.

A JAW-ACHING 30,000 sticks of rock were pointing the way on Felixstowe prom as part of a special art show.

Thousands of people descended on the Art on the Prom show yesterday which showcased the work of more than 100 artists from across the region.

One of the major exhibits was 'Rockaway Felix, You Are Here' - a large red circle made from thousands of sticks of seaside rock which passers-by were encouraged to pick up and take.

Bryony Graham, the artist behind the exhibit, said: “It came from the idea of the red spots on maps which say 'you are here'.

“So it is an exploration of people's sense of place and belonging but it is also a bit of fun because it's made up of rock and people will pick it up and take it away so it will be dispersed around town.

“I'm really hoping it all goes.”

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Lizzie Whitehouse, 23 from Old Felixstowe said she thought the model was a good idea.

She said: “It's nice to see something interactive, it's a bit different.

“I've come here with my mum and it is a really good event and a nice day.”

Another visitor, Tracey Crampin, 45, from Woodbridge, said: “I've really enjoyed today; it's excellent.

“I love art anyway and it is really good to have it along the seafront.

“I think events like this are great for Felixstowe and there should be more like this.”

As well as the stalls showing artwork the third annual Art on the Prom day featured street entertainers and bands.

Jessie Fotherby, the event's organiser, said: “A similar event is held in the town I'm from, Virginia Beach in America, and I thought it would be good to have something here too.

“Felixstowe has such a beautiful prom but they never use it.

“And this is an area that attracts artists so there is a lot of good work on display.”

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