Folly 2013: tree wood Exhibition Page
May 12, 2013—March 31, 2014
“tree wood,” a project by Toshihiro Oki architect with team members Toshihiro Oki, Jen Wood and Jared Diganci
The park is open 365 days a year from 10am until sunset. Admission is free.
The Architectural League and Socrates Sculpture Park present “tree wood,” a new project by Toshihiro Oki architect with team members Toshihiro Oki, Jen Wood and Jared Diganci. “tree wood” is the winning entry in Folly, a competition co-sponsored by the League and Socrates that invited 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.
“tree wood” is a rigid yet airy geometrical wooden structure to be placed within a grove of trees — a lush and dense area at Socrates Sculpture Park. A formal, ornate chandelier will be suspended inside the structure, which visitors peer into through the floor beams. The installation will create a dialogue between built structures and systems and the irregular and organic.
“tree wood” was selected by a jury that included: Michael Arad, Partner, Handel Architects; Orly Genger, Visual Artist; John Hatfield, Socrates Sculpture Park; Granger Moorhead, Principal, Moorhead & Moorhead; and Billie Tsien, Principal, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.
About the Designers
Toshihiro Oki established his office in 2009 after working at Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA. Jen Wood and Jared Diganci joined the office in 2012.
About Socrates Sculpture Park
Socrates Sculpture Park was an abandoned riverside landfill and illegal dumpsite until 1986 when a coalition of artists and community members, under the leadership of sculptor Mark di Suvero, transformed it into an open studio and exhibition space for artists and a neighborhood park for local residents. Today it is an internationally renowned outdoor museum and artist residency program that also serves as a vital New York City park offering a wide variety of free public programs. Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations in a unique outdoor environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public. The Park’s existence is based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity andimprovement of our urban environment.
Socrates Sculpture Park’s spring exhibitions are supported by the generosity of Agnes Gund, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Henry Luce Foundation, Lambent Foundation, Mark di Suvero, and Spacetime C.C.
Folly is 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 City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Folly 2013 Finalists
A closer look at the finalists for this year's competition: Pier, Elenchus, Curtain Spolia, and Guesthouse Belvédère 3.0.
Folly 2013: Talking treewood
A conversation with the 2012 and 2013 winners of the Folly competition.
Folly 2013: tree wood
Installations images and renderings of the winning entry by Toshihiro Oki, Jen Wood and Jared Diganci.