March 2008: Funded by Arts Council England, the project embraced both an extensive archival research and a celebration of cultural diversity in the local community (past and present). It was realised via an audio visual projection (manifestation), of the temporal trajectory taken by the historic Royal Pavilion Hotel, onto the fabric of its contemporary metamorphosis, The Grand Burstin Hotel.
Built in 1843 only a fragment of Folkestone’s Royal Pavilion Hotel survives. It is attached to, and now forms part of, the Grand Burstin Hotel. Through a deliberate act of remembrance the artist has attempted to transform this site of history into a site of memory.
3rdfloor318 focuses upon what was once one of Folkestone’s grandest hotels, of which, (like much of Folkestone’s recent and distant past) only fragmentary evidence remains. The majority of local people are unaware of the Royal Pavilion Hotel and, more generally, of Folkestone’s significant past. The dialogues that took place in the projection are, on one level, a sharing of lost information but, more importantly, an opportunity for personal reflection on the relationship between past, present and future.
Historical artefacts and extensive research were melded with up-to-date comments and photographs, forming a cohesive, challenging and informing art work. Members of the public, current hotel guests and local school children had the opportunity to be physically involved and consequently part of this ambitious contemporary art work.