Folly/Function 2018: Seats Competition Proposal
The folly creates a place, a unique destination with a strong formal identity. It proposes an experiment for social interaction and behavior through the formation and arrangement of seating and viewing.
The park is one of the most democratic, informally used, and social spaces of the public realm. The Formation folly proposal shares the same spirit. It is conceived as a sculptural and interactive landscape, respectful of its surroundings, that brings opportunities for people to interact with each other and have informal gatherings. Its porous layout, welcoming and inviting, attracts and engages visitors into this new gravitational public node within the Socrates Sculpture Park.
Function follows [form]ation.
There are 4 types of seating shapes. Multi-directional in nature and with no back rests, the benches are meant to provide as much flexibility and freedom of seating choices as possible. Made out of exterior grade plywood and monolithic in appearance, the benches by themselves are well crafted, yet very simple.
It is through its maze-like formation with rotational symmetry that the system finds complexity. The geometrical arrangement and the relationship of the seats to one another creates pockets of social micro-environments and a central focal void for events to happen. The folly becomes an intimate outdoor venue that grants the possibility of collectively experience a performance at its center.
Its versatile, modular and adaptable design allows for multiple configurations. The benches can also be arranged as a large 16’ x 20’ stage/platform and puzzled into an 8 foot cube that can be easily stored.