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The sawn-up sauna

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Astragal is sorry to hear Cambridge’s Wysing Arts Centre will miss out on a Lubetkin-inspired sauna after contractors accidentally cut it up

The hatchet job came as the kiosk, a copy of Berthold Lubetkin’s 1937 modernist designs for Dudley Zoo, was dismantled for storage after last year’s Folkestone Triennial.

‘Whoever was commissioned [to take it down] has chopped up some of the main sections rather than just taking apart the nuts and bolts,’ said disappointed artist Gavin Wade.

Wade’s collective, Nils Norman with Gavin Wade mit Simon & Tom Bloor, created the kiosk to give away kites at Folkestone. For Wysing, they were going to transform it into a exotic plant-clad sauna.

Instead, the kiosk now sits in bits, awaiting the bin. Wade thinks replacing the damaged sections would only cost around £4,000 but Wysing has used up its budget for the piece and Folkestone’s responsibility ended with the Triennial. So another temporary structure heads to the ‘elephants graveyard’ of unwanted pavilions. Rest in pieces, Berthold.


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