Jonathan Cole & Caroline Le Breton

‘Dear Gordon’ Jonathan Cole & Caroline Le Breton

908 smartie tops arranged to spell out found letter.

A celebration and re-creation of the text of a love letter found in 1996 in a new studio, an old print works off Queens Rd, Hastings. It took 3 years to collect enough smartie tops helped by others and the chance discovery of hundreds of smartie tops on the banks of the river Thames in Essex of a beach made up almost entirely of plastic washed in by tides. The work was first shown in 2002 in the basement of 12 Claremont, Hastings for the Claremont Studios inaugural show. It has never been shown since but was discovered during the relocation of Claremont Studios to their new premises on Kings Road St Leonards on Sea. The original letter is lost but beside it is the original transcription document they used to construct the work.

Students build “Dear Gordon” from Smartie tops on the back wall of Claremont Studios gallery space.