Thoughts after ‘Osaka Follies’

Folly: 1. the state or quality of being foolish; stupidity, rashness. 2. a foolish action,mistake, idea, etc. 3. a building in the form of a castle, temple, etc., built to satisfy a fancy or conceit, often of an eccentric kind. 

  • How will the folly relate to the public space and the landscape, as well as the rest of the masterplan?
  • The folly could have an element of humour, relating to the definition foolishness – could be achieved via a point of social commentary, satire.
  • There could be a contrast between the sculptural forms and a mundane element.
  • ‘There are particular spots from which to observe a folly that must be rediscovered by each viewer each time’ – the folly should be surprising. The viewer should discover new elements as they move around it and experience it from different positions. Each revisit should produce a slightly different response.
  • How will the viewer interact with the space? What kind of paths will be created through and around the folly?
  • The folly structures new meaning through public contact.
  • Quality of impermanence.
  • ‘Fragmentary images extrapolated from a one point source… could regroup in a different configuration’.
  • ‘Poetic tension prevents the follies from being inconsequential’.

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