The street sign isn’t far from where she lives in Folkestone, and she took me to it when I was visiting her recently. Regardless of what happens in Heaven, if anything, the artist certainly catches your attention.
The sign, by Glaswegian artist Nathan Coley, was part of the Triennial art fair in 2008. We walked by it at night, and it’s lights demanded to be seen.
On one level, it can challenge what we think of Heaven. The sign does make me question what Heaven is, if there is one, and what is expected of it?
The sign could be taken to reflect the city, but I think that it would be shallow to see it that way. Folkestone has seen better days, and is to some degree overshadowed by Margate, Clacton on Sea, or even Brighton. Although it’s a bit rough around the edges, Folkestone and the surrounding towns have charm, and I enjoyed photographing them.