A Response to the ChalkUp21 Trail - Marcia Teusink’s drawing workshop on the Dover Esplanade

Marcia Teusink’s third workshop took place on April 28th 2018 on Dover’s Esplanade taking in three of the nine CHALKUP21 structures. It was very cold, but it didn’t rain and it was a very productive workshop.

Since we were moving around with no fixed place for drawing or storing  workshop materials, Marcia Teusink had conceived of  each participant having an accordian book to use during the day. We started with a sound/drawing exercise and then moved on, stopping at the North Downs Way START/FINISH line where we made rubbings with tissue paper before moving again along the Tonkin Liu 3 Waves to end the day at the Dover Sea sports centre with a hot drink in the Hythe Bay seafood restaurant and using their balcony to photograph participants with their books.

  • Alma Tischler Wood’s Start/Finish line marks the conceptual beginning and end of the North Downs Way. It is a subtle and delightful work that inverts our expectations of public artworks (a heroic figure to look up to) and playfully refers to the sense of achievement we get from completing a long walk or a healthy bout of exercise.It consists of little more than a strip of black granite set into the esplanade into which are carved the words Start/Finish. In a seafront jostling with remarkable structures it inserts itself undemonstratively but with restrained elegance and understated wit. The hero in this instance is the viewer, who by standing on it completes the sculpture (Charles Holland)
  • The Three Waves“Tonkin Liu redesigned Dover esplanade as a series of billowing concrete forms. A ribbon-like wobble of white concrete retaining wall defines one edge while an undulating path that steps down onto the shingle beach forms the other. The concrete has an elegant, flowing quality and brings to mind melting ice cream cones as much as the waves that crash onto the beach or the white cliffs behind. Materially and tonally it sits nicely with the creamy stucco of Philip Hardwicke’s elegant Waterloo Crescent.”  (Charles Holland)
  • The Sea Sports Centre“This robustly detailed, fortress-like building serves a number of purposes: the lower half faces onto the beach and houses a sailing club. The upper part cantilevers over the beach and contains a restaurant which has a south-facing terrace with spectacular views across the harbour. The building is clad in a combination of silver-grey timber boards and Kentish rag-stone which relates to George Devey’s nearby clocktower as well as the walls of the harbour itself.  (Charles Holland)