Opening reception: SuralArk
May 11, 2014
Folly is a co-sponsored project by Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League.
The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park invite you to the opening of Austin + Mergold’s new installation SuralArk, the 2014 winner of Folly.
Folly is an annual competition co-sponsored by the League and Socrates, which invites emerging architects and designers to propose contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly, traditionally a fanciful, small-scale building or pavilion sited in a garden or landscape to frame a view or serve as conversation piece. Folly was established by Socrates, in partnership with the League, to explore the intersections between architecture and sculpture and the increasing overlaps in references, materials, and building techniques between the two disciplines.
Also opening at Socrates Sculpture Park on the 11th are Scarecrow, a site-specific installation by Žilvinas Kempinas; Queen Mother of Reality, a collaborative installation by Paweł Althamer; and Citoyen Du Monde, a Broadway Billboard by Meschac Gaba.
Folly 2014 was made possible by a generous grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. The Exhibition Program at Socrates Sculpture Park is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Cowles Charitable Trust, Lambent Foundation, Mark di Suvero, the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, Agnes Gund, Ivana Mestrovic, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and the Thomas W. Smith Foundation. These exhibitions are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Folly 2014: Notable entries
A look at the finalists for the 2014 competition.
In conversation: Jason Timberlake Austin, Aleksandr Mergold, and Elissa Goldstone
The winners of Folly 2014 discuss their practice.
Folly 2014: SuralArk
Images and renderings of the winning entry by Austin + Mergold.