Folly 2015 info session

December 10, 2014
7:00 p.m.

Austin + Mergold, SuralArk | photo courtesy of Nate Dorr

Jason Austin and Aleksandr Mergold, Austin + Mergold
Elissa Goldstone, Socrates Sculpture Park
Anne Rieselbach, The Architectural League

The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park invite you to an information session for Folly 2015, a competition for emerging architects and designers to build and exhibit a full-scale project at Socrates Sculpture Park.

Folly 2014 winners Jason Austin and Aleksandr Mergold of Austin + Mergold will discuss their experience building their prize-winning entry SuralArk. They will be joined by Elissa Goldstone, Director of Exhibitions at Socrates, who will discuss the park’s history, studio residency, and resources, as well as the Folly site details and construction process. Goldstone will also talk about past winning entries and the teams’ experiences in 2012 and 2013. Anne Rieselbach, Program Director at the League, will outline the competition and selection process. There will be additional time for questions.

The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park established the program in 2011 to explore the intersections and divergences between architecture and sculpture through the framework of an architectural folly. The program includes the design, realization, and exhibition of a public work, including a two-month, on-site studio residency. Now in its fourth year, the program seeks to more deeply examine the concept of folly while continuing to challenge architects to create a fully realized public space.

The competition’s winner will receive a $5,000 production grant towards realizing that proposed project. The recipient will also have full access to the resources and fabrication facilities of Socrates Sculpture Park’s outdoor studio during a two-month residency at the park, beginning in March 2015. The completed project is scheduled to open in early May 2015 for a public exhibition.

The submission deadline for this year’s Folly competition is Monday, January 12, 2015 11:59 p.m. 

Folly is a partnership of Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York. This program is funded, 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 the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Socrates Sculpture Park’s Exhibition Program is also supported by the generosity of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Mark di Suvero, Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, Agnes Gund, Lambent Foundation, Ivana Mestrovic, Plant Specialists, Shelley and Donald Rubin, Spacetime C. C., and Robert and Christine Stiller.

And special thanks goes to our public partners, including the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Queens Borough President Melinda R. Katz, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Council Members Jimmy Van Bramer and Costa Constantinides, the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Commissioner Mitchell Silver, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl.


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