Polly - with Charles Holland Architects for The National Trust
Designed by Charles Holland Architects as part of the Folly! contemporary art programme at Fountains Abbey.
Running from 28th April – 4th November 2018, Folly! explored the fun and delight inspired by the water garden and playful structures found within. Polly features alongside 3 other Follies in amongst the beautiful landscape.
The 9m tall structure consists of a steel frame, covered by a durable inner plywood layer, wrapped in Tyvek and finished with over 1,000 CNC - cut plywood shingles coated in vibrant specialist exterior paint.
The folley also acts as a camera obscura which projects the stunning scenery onto a table on the floor of her interior, blacked out with green PVC curtain. The head can be rotated by hand using a bespoke geared handle.
Particularly challenging was the foundation design - at the top of ‘Tent Hill’ there were unexcavated archeological artefacts. Therefore a temporary buried solution with a depth of only 250mm was required.
For more information about Polly, Folly! and more, check it out here.