View from above
Inside the Folly
**Jury Citation** /// Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY /// 2015 /// Type: Temporary Installation /// Size: 324sf
Socrates Sculpture Park Folly
Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY
Type: Temporary Installation
TurnStile Folly is a folly you must touch, poke, pop and push. It is a folly of motion. It is a spatial turnstile of rotating, soft arms. TurnStile occupies space with material. An eighteen by eighteen by nine-foot volume is filled with a grid of spinning bubble-wapped arms. These arms trace the movement of a human body as it navigates the dense forest of translucent trees. Once you break the threshold of this folly you enter a blurred terrain where you must continuously swim through the pillow-scape. After a few steps inside, swimming is more like wading as a visual void is cut through the material field creating a compressed room that extends from one’s chest to the top of their head. An onlooker, viewing the folly from the outside would see only a floating torso within the space of the TurnStile.
TurnStile deploys bubble-wrap as a primary building material. Taking advantage of this soft, light material from the packaging industry, the project extracts a material from the waste stream and redefines it with a new material and spatial logic.
Seth McDowell, Benjamin Gregory
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