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Hou de Souza, FOLLY: Sticks
July 9, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens
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Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.


This year’s winning proposal for Folly, an annual juried competition for architects and designers, comes from the New York City-based firm Hou de Sousa, with their inventive proposal Sticks. Modeled to fit and complement existing site conditions, Sticks is a simple assembly of standard dimensional lumber interconnected to form a structural frame for educational and community use, as well as for providing art and material storage and display space. Its porous façade reflects the park’s spirit of accessibility and dedication to transparency of process.

Hou de Sousa’s proposal was selected from submissions from around the world and reviewed by a jury of five esteemed architects and artists. In past years, the Folly program has investigated the intersection between sculpture and architecture through the conceptual framework of “follies”—temporary structures that intentionally served no utilitarian purpose. Marking the program’s fifth and the park’s thirtieth anniversaries, Folly 2016 marks a departure from previous years’ competitions by asking entrants to design a functional structure to enhance the park’s public programs. The result is a durable design that explores the relationship between art and architecture, while also creatively enhancing the park’s education studio, where more than 10,000 students annually participate in art-making classes.

This exhibition is presented by Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York.

Elizabeth Egbert, Tibetan Bench
Courtesy of Elizabeth Egbert

Elizabeth Egbert, Tibetan Bench
October 1, 2007 to April 30, 2008
Greenbelt Nature Center, Staten Island

Please note: This is a past exhibit that is no longer installed in the park.

Elizabeth Egbert's sculptures are expressive and elegant constructions in wood. Much of her recent works are functional as well as sculptural, including Tibetan Bench. Ms. Egbert has been working and exhibiting in New York since the mid 1970s. A Staten Islander since 1979, Ms. Egbert currently serves as Executive Director of the Staten Island Museum, a general interest museum located opposite the Staten Island Ferry. Her work developed its natural and organic quality after the move to the Island, when she was able to work outside in her garden. Her current work is returning to the more linear and minimal quality that characterized her first major pieces from the 1970s, following the completion of her MA in sculpture from NYU.

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