Andreas Angelidakis: Seawall

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, England’s Creative Coast has been postponed to Spring 2021. Full details of launch dates will be announced in Autumn 2020.

Seawall by Andreas Angelidakis is part of England’s Creative Coast Waterfronts series of public sculpture commissions. Seawall considers the encroaching ocean and the ongoing discussion around climate change, coastal erosion and the physical and political impact this has on a place. Angelidakis will use the human response to flooding through the invention of sea defence mechanisms to ask, ‘can the border between land and sea become a habitable place?’  


Seaside towns alive with creativity, breathtaking coastal landscapes, and some of the most thought-provoking contemporary art being produced today – England’s Creative Coast spans 1400km of shoreline from the South Downs to the Thames Estuary.

The beautiful and dramatic landscape of England’s Creative Coast has inspired artists for centuries. In 2021, seven new site-specific artworks by seven international contemporary artists – Andreas Angelidakis, Mariana Castillo Deball, Holly Hendry, Jasleen Kaur, Katrina Palmer, Pilar Quinteros and Michael Rakowitz – will connect the coastlines of Essex, Kent and East Sussex and the world-class arts organisations in these places. The Waterfronts series will be set in the landscapes of Margate, Folkestone, Hastings, Bexhill-on-Sea, Eastbourne, Gravesend and Southend-on-Sea. Inspired by the border between land and water, each artist will respond to these unique coastal locations, focusing on local issues, stories and questions to offer fresh perspectives on each place.

To plan your trip to see these time-limited artworks you can plan your own journey using the England’s Creative Coast itinerary website at and find further cultural adventures.

Andreas Angelidakis (born in 1968) lives and works in Athens. Trained as an architect, Angelidakis switches roles between artist, curator, architect and teacher. His multidisciplinary practice often focuses around the internet and the perceptive and behavioral changes it has brought about.

Inspired by Athens itself, Angelidakis’s work often deals with the notion of ruin, be it ancient, contemporary or imaginary. The ruin becomes a vehicle for a building’s unfulfilled potential, powered by emotional, psychological or historical hallucination. Angelidakis has consistently challenged the expected end-product of architectural practice by reversing the ‘representation to realisation’ sequence of the production of buildings. He often starts with an existing building, producing models, films, ruins, installations or alternative histories, blurring fact and fiction, and smoothing out the borders between the real and the virtual.

Cover image: Andreas Angelidakis, Demos, foam and vinyl seating modules. Photo: Stathis Mamalakis.

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