School’s Folly Project

A Yorkshire pupil will see his design for an outdoor sculpture become a reality this April, when folly! 2018 returns to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.  11 year old Foster Carter, from Le Cateau Primary School, Catterick Garrison, won a competition organised by North Yorkshire Society of Architects to design an interactive outdoor sculpture as part of folly! 2018, the National Trust site’s contemporary art programme.

Rachel Slater (KPP Director) worked with pupils from Myrtle Park Primary School who produced some imaginative designs following three engaging workshops.  A special acknowledgement went also to Joanne Oddie of Myrtle Park Primary School received recognition was highly commended for her design. Following design workshops run by local architects at 50 primary schools across Yorkshire and the North East and entered by over 1700 children, winning student Foster designed ‘the Raining Cloud.’ The sculpture will use a 4.2m wooden frame to hold up a ‘cloud’ of collected rain water, and will be situated at Silver Pond, near the entrance to the World Heritage Site garden of Studley Royal.

Alongside Foster’s creation, internationally recognised architects and artists Charles Holland, Lucy + Jorge Orta and Fleafolly will create three large-scale new works which will surprise and entertain visitors of all ages to the World Heritage Site. The designs include an outlandish 9m tall tower, evocative of an exotic bird, a mirrored sphere which will reflect and frame the garden’s many viewpoints, and a curious echo-chamber water tower.

The design will be realised by local fabricators Stage One who created Kew’s Hive and the Serpentine Gallery’s Pavillion amongst others. Tim Leigh, Marketing Director at Stage One said “Foster’s design is thought provoking and elegant in equal measure. In the Sound of Music, Maria asks ‘How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?’ Foster shows us exactly how with his brilliant design. I’m looking forward to seeing it come to life in the Stage One workshops.”

All winning entries can be seen at the online gallery,uk

folly! opens at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal on 28 April– 4 November 2018.

The end of May 2018 was a true celebration of the folly! schools project. Representatives from most of our 50 schools joined us to celebrate all of their work, and there was a lot of happy chatter in the air and big cheers as the winners came up to receive their certificates and prizes.

Thanks to those of you who were able to join us. And thanks once again for volunteering to help us with this project. The main aim of the project was to  give children the opportunity to express themselves creatively through design, to introduce architecture into schools and to inspire the next generation of architects, designers and clients. We absolutely could not have done this without you. So thanks for your enthusiasm as this definitely inspired the children.

School’s Folly Project
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