8,000 ducks hit Margate beach all in the name of art
AS THANET'S beaches brimmed with bathers last week, thousands of feathered friends flocked to Fulsam Rock in Margate.
Corinne Felgate's Nature Nurture installation featured 8,000 ducks made by the public and was commissioned by the Tate Gallery as part of its Turbine Generation Project.
Ms Felgate said: "I wanted to make the piece for the public and leave the ducks to be washed away for people to discover.
"We made 3,000 of the ducks on Wednesday on Margate Sands with the public so each one is different and many are numbered and signed by the creator."
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The idea was inspired by the story of a shipment of 28,000 rubber ducks being lost in the Pacific in 1992 with the manufacturers offering a $50 for their return.
The installation was intended to be left on the beach but Thanet council insisted the artist collected the flock before the tide washed them away.
Turner Contemporary welcomed the installation as it is part of the partnership with the Plus Tate network which gives access the London institution's vast collections. It was originally designed to be launched from the south bank of the River Thames but abandoned over safety fears of pollution. The ducks will be distributed at the Tate Modern in London on September 8-10.