It is art, Jim, but not as we know it.
Behind York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square
June 3-Sept 3
Adults £3, children £2, family ticket £8
This new installation is about to open in the Artists’s Garden, behind York Art Gallery – the craziest crazy golf course you are likely to see.
Half family fun activity and half thought-provoking artwork, it features seven holes, each created by a different artist.
Just like any other pitch and putt, you try to get round in as few strokes as possible. But this game aims to make you think as well as play.
‘Absolutely fantastic’ setting
Under creator Doug Fishbone’s guidance, each golf hole has been designed by a leading contemporary artists.
They include his hole, depicting the stricken Costa Concordia cruise ship, a hoodie-wearing youth surrendering to police, and a man who swallows the ball – and poops it out.
The miniature golf course was first shown at the Venice Biennale 2015. It came to York following a successful Art Happens fundraising campaign.
“This setting is absolutely fantastic. I can’t imagine a more beautiful place to do this,” Doug told YorkMix.
“We’re delighted to be able to bring it here. It’s such a fitting and lovely spot where people can come and enjoy the outdoors.”
Raising social issues
What’s his top tip for getting round the course?
“Honestly I can’t tell you. I’ve played this a lot of times and I think I’m the worst. I stink at it.
“So don’t listen to me. But come along, play and have fun.”
Senior curator at York Art Gallery Laura Turner said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a round of golf in the beautiful Artists Garden while navigating through a provocative narrative of artwork by award-winning contemporary artists.
“The course will be great fun to play but will also raise questions about the social issues of today’s society.”