tree wood is the winner of the Folly 2013 competition co-sponsored by Socrates Sculpture Park and the Architectural League
We are looking to raise $5000 (a supplement to a $5000 grant) to help us find the perfect chandelier for our folly and aid us in improving the quality of the building materials, construction details and provide a great working environment for our helpers and craftspeople.
“The 2013 ‘Folly’ winner is tree wood, designed by Toshihiro Oki, Jen Wood, and Jared Diganci. The project was selected from over 160 submissions by a jury of architects and artists, including Michael Arad, Architect, Partner, Handel Architects; Orly Genger, Visual Artist; John Hatfield, Socrates Sculpture Park Director; Granger Moorhead, Architect, Principal, Moorhead & Moorhead; and Billie Tsien, Architect, Principal, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.” -The Architectural League of NY and Socrates Sculpture Park, April 1st, 2013.
Folly 2013 sought to explore the theme of an architectural folly, a project that can “explore the intersections between architecture and sculpture and the increasing overlaps in references, concepts, and techniques between the two disciplines.”
What is tree wood?
tree wood is about the ideals of Nature and Man-made coexisting in our increasingly crowded world. This simple structure is composed entirely of 2×4 studs and nails bought from the local hardware stores. The trees fill the structure. A single chandelier will hang inside among the leaves and chime in the gentle winds. Afterwards, all the materials will be donated to Build It Green!, just down the street, affording them a new life within our neighborhood.
John Hatfield, juror and executive director of Socrates Sculpture Park commented that tree wood has “blurred lines and definitions, eliciting bewilderment, consternation, aesthetic pleasure and site-specific, physical engagement” and “performs this feat by interweaving our built environment with nature’s chaos, setting in motion a dialogue, argument and narrative about the organic and the domestic. The permeability of Oki’s tree wood installation is a magic trick of extraordinary elegance and simplicity that allows you to consider it as architecture and sculpture at the same time.”
With our awarded grant of $5000 we are fully capable of constructing tree wood, as this was part of the challenge of the folly, however, with your help in reaching our goal of an additional $5,000 we can take our project to the next level because it would enable us to find the perfect chandelier to hang within our structure and the trees, utilize even better building materials, focus more effort on craft and details, and lastly help us provide food and drink for our helpers and craftspeople.
Kickstarter Deadline: May 11th, 2013
tree wood opening day: May 12th, 2013
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Part of the challenge and excitement of the Folly 2013 is the rapidly advancing timeline. We have been given a little over a month to construct this folly and we are well-equipped to make this project run smoothly and safely. As a local, small office we are able to dedicate a great deal of our attention to the folly and all three of us are very excited to be on site to build the folly (our office is just a few blocks away from the Park). Toshihiro Oki, architect, has managed the design and construction of a range buildings, scaling from projects as large as the New Museum to multiple small galleries and office spaces in the city. Also, in addition to ourselves, we have reached out to an amazing crew of skilled craftspeople to that will help us turn this design into a reality with their extensive experience in construction.
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