The next New Madison Square Park art installation will be the creation of sculptor Rachel Feinstein and is entitled Folly. It will feature three 18th Century style “follies” (an ornamental building constructed primarily for decoration) from 8feet to 26 feet tall, and made of metal. For this installation the follies will include “a house perched on a towering cliff, a Rococo-style hut, and a flying ship moored high in a tree”.
Staement from the artist: “The Madison Park Conservancy has given me the opportunity to marry my early interest in theatre and performance with my later obsession with the handmade in one of the most spectacular settings. I picture Folly as an empty Fellini-esque set dropped into the middle of a lush green wonderland in the historical Flatiron district of New York City. I have always been driven by the stark contrast between good and evil in old fairy tales. Having this setting, a hidden natural jewel situated within the tall skyscrapers of yesterday and today, will be the perfect backdrop for my theatre, where the real people who occupy the park every day will stand in as Commedia dell’arte performers.”
Rachel Feinstein is a New York City-based artist represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery.
It will be up from Thursday, May 1st 2014 through Sunday, September 7th.
The sculpture is part of the Madison Square Conservancy’s groundbreaking Madison Square Art public art program. Each season you will find thought-provoking sculptures, structures, video and audio art throughout the park by the most prominent artists in the world including Antony Gormley, Orly Genger, Iván Navarro, Jim Campbell, Richard Deacon, Tadashi Kawamata, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, William Wegman, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Jaume Plensa, and Sol LeWitt.