Folly (Stage One), involved the construction, over 8 months, of a 3.3m tower from steel and scrap wood. On August 21st it was erected on the Flaggy Shore and anchored. The question was whether it would stand, sink, swim or break away and float out to sea.

Conditions were very windy and it was the highest tide of the summer (5.2m). As the tide came in, it lifted the structure which floated directly above the anchor, surfcing and submerging with the force of the tide. It came to rest on the sand at midnight. This was repeated in the morning, and the structure came to rest on the sand in a different position. The anchored leg was bent at quite a strong angle by the pull of the sea.

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