Adventureland Golf | Nova Festival | 2012 | Artist's mini golf course curated by Doug Fishbone, including holes designed by David Shrigley, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Brian Griffiths, Doug Fishbone, Gary Webb, Jonathan Allen, Ian Monroe, Pete Fowler, and Zatorski & Zatorski.

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L/R Gary Webb, Brian Griffiths, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Jonathan Allen

L/R Doug Fishbone, Ian Monroe, David Shrigley, Brian Griffiths


L/R Jonathan Allen, David Shrigley, Ian Munroe, Brian Griffiths, Doug Fishbone, Pete Fowler

Doug Fishbone


Gary Webb, Zatorski & Zatorski

Zatorski & Zatorski

L/R David Shrigley, Ian Munroe


Pete Fowler, Gary Webb

Brian Griffiths

Jonathan Allen

Jonathan Allen Aim Left [2012]

"In Jonathan Allen's Aim Left, crazy golf becomes an unlikely context for political satire as players are forced to negotiate a miniaturised closed-down public library flanked by building skips overflowing with junked books. Allen's contribution to 'Adventureland Golf' is a timely echo of Raymond Bradbury's dystopian novel 'Fahrenheit 451' in which books are considered so threatening to the presiding authorities that their very existence comes into question. Subtle references to Bradbury's book can be found within the library's graffiti whilst Allen's contractors - 'Camborne Skips' - points culpability more directly to those whom the artist sees as most recently responsible for dismantling public space and undermining democratised learning in the UK. Aim Left points the putter at neo-liberalism, casting players as unwilling Gullivers in a landscape of thwarted social mobility and creeping philistinism."

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The crazy-golf library was loosely modelled on the closure-threatened St.Just Library in Cornwall. In the summer of 2015, as part of LaFrowda Festival, the model and the structure that inspired it were re-united through the support and vision of artists Abigail Reynolds and Andy Harper.




All photographs © Jonathan Allen 2012. All works are © their respective authors.