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Contest opens for New York sculpture park folly

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The Architectural League has launched a competition for a temporary folly inside New York’s Socrates Sculpture Park

The project invites ‘emerging architects and designers’ to submit proposals for a £3,100 structure which will be built between March and April on the waterfront plot.

According to the brief: ‘This program was established in 2011 to explore the intersections and divergences between architecture and sculpture through the framework of an architectural folly.’

The brief continued: ‘The League and Socrates welcome proposals for full-scale projects and installations that thoughtfully use space, material, and/or process to create a physical experience.’

The winning team will be invited to complete a two month residency at the park which was set up by American sculptor Mark di Suvero in 1986.

The 1.6 hectare garden occupies a former landfill overlooking Roosevelt Island and Manhattan.

Jury members include artist Alyson Shotz, Socrates Sculpture Park executive director John Hatfield and Sheila Kennedy of Kennedy and Violich Architecture.

The deadline for submissions is 12 January.

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