This was a two part piece during Folkestone Triennial 2011: Flags were hoisted in Christ Church Gardens, Sandgate Road, CT20 2BW, and a now permanent colour-wheel along The Leas Promenade lower path between the end of Clifton Crescent and The Grand hotel approx CT20 2XL

Like an Impressionist painter, Finch observed the everchanging 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 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.



  1. Posted by Folkestone Triennial 2011: Preview Evening | Spacious & Gracious on June 24, 2011 at 8:40 am

    […] full list looks very interesting indeed, with two of them standing out to the S&G team. ‘The Colour of Water’ by Spencer Finch […]

  2. Posted by The Art of Science: Spencer Finch and the Color of Water | The Finch and Pea on December 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    […] 2011, Finch did a similar project in Folkestone, on the southern coast of England, taking photos of the sea over a period of weeks […]

  3. Posted by Lists, writing and memory | karenatstepney on March 7, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    […] of postcards but this is rare. One of my favourite highlights of the last Folkestone Triennial was Spencer Finch’s  The Colour of Water You can still see the colour wheel pictured above and spin it to choose that day’s Channel […]

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