As part of the 2017 Folkestone Triennial, a site-specific contemporary arts exhibition taking place in Kent, British artist Richard Woods has created a series of colorful, cartoon-like “Holiday Homes” and placed them around Folkestone, a port town in southeast England.
The small structures (a third the size of an average house) are simple, gable-roofed homes with a central chimney that have been painted in bright colors like yellow, red, pink, turquoise, and orange. Each edge of the home is trimmed in black, lending the houses a graphic, exaggerated look that calls to mind illustrated, cartoon renditions.
But despite their playful aspects, the homes also confront serious issues. In creating the little houses, Woods hoped to address questions of homeownership and wealth inequality within Folkestone, an area that has become a “second-home” destination for wealthy Londoners. This booming market is in direct contrast to the housing crisis plaguing England.
Each Holiday Home is assembled offsite then placed in offbeat locations throughout town. The Folkestone Triennial opens September 2 and runs through November 5.