Folly/Function is an annual juried competition engaging architects to design and build a project for public use at Socrates Sculpture Park.
Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League invite emerging designers and architects to help shape the physical setting in which the Park fulfills its role as a venue for art, creative expression, public programming, and education.
In earlier years the design-build competition investigated the intersection between sculpture and architecture with temporary structures that intentionally served no utilitarian purpose. More recently the competition has shifted emphasis, asking entrants to fuse form with utility by proposing designs that explore the intersection of art and architecture while also addressing and improving the conditions of the Park. Continuing this approach, the 2019 competition asks architects and designers to design and fabricate an entry kiosk that will be located at the park entrance.
One project will be chosen. The recipient will receive a $12,000 production grant to realize the proposed design. All aspects, including honoraria, design, materials, delivery, labor, and initial installation of the kiosk, must be within the $12,000 budget included in the submission. Socrates Sculpture Park has facilities and equipment that can be utilized in the fabrication, assembly, and installation of the project, and the recipient will have full access to these resources during a two-month period at the Park, beginning in March 2019. The initial public use of the structures will occur in early June 2019.