Worth’s Folly re-imagines the accidental discovery of a Palaeolithic bone cave in Plymouth by R.N. Worth in 1886 charting its connections with the Plymouth Athenaeum.. A sculptural structure, suggesting the proportions and scale of the Cave at Cattedown Wharf, was temporarily placed close to and in sight of the current Athenaeum building within a space of transit in the city centre. It stood adjacent to key buildings relevant to the city’s pre and post-war destruction and reconstruction. Nearby hoardings surrounding a derelict site housed information boards suggesting an abandoned attempt to advertisethe Caves as a tourist attraction.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Co-commissioned by Visual Arts Plymouth & The Box for PAW18.