Monday, July 20, 2015

A Folly In The Park

One of the central features at Strathcona Park is this work of art, called Strathcona's Folly, by artist Stephen Brathwaite. It incorporates elements of local architecture history into what resembles a ruin, one that doubles as a curiousity for children. Small animal statues can be found in its nooks and crannies. It certainly does draw the attention of any park visitor.

41 comments:

  1. This is a very playful happy looking piece. Kids would like this one.

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  2. I like follies, they are fun though a lot of the time in the UK most people don't get to see then as they are in private hands

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  3. Funny to have a kind of Roman exhumation in the park.

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  4. Sure, makes sense. Who doesn't like to wander around in old ruins. :-)

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  5. I love the word "folly" and it suits this piece well!

    Janis
    GDP

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  6. Never mind childrens' curiosity...I'd head straight for it!
    Jane x

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  7. These are great shots William.

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  8. An interesting place for children to explore.

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  9. What a great folly!
    I allways like to see this kind of fantastic creations, this is a real beauty.

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  10. What a fun art piece. And, what a great place to take photos! I'd enjoy wandering around there.

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  11. Kinda different--- a cross between an art exhibit and a playground. Yes, fun for all ages.

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  12. @Red: it certainly inspires imagination.

    @Bill: over in Gatineau Park, at the Mackenzie King estate, there are a handful of them. That place is open to the public.

    @Marianne: the first time I was it, it was quite a surprise.

    @Revrunner: I certainly do!

    @Janis: they do catch the eye, regardless of the name.

    @Jane and Chris: it's a photographer's dream!

    @Luis: thank you!

    @Carolann: thanks.

    @Nancy: it certainly is.

    @Jan: the artist did really well with this.

    @Beth: knowing how close I was to it, how could I resist paying a visit? It had been awhile.

    @Sharon: it is a very pleasant park.

    @Birdman: it's quite hands on art as art goes!

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  13. "Folly" already sounds like a fun place to be.

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  14. I bet kids love to play there.

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  15. That is very unique looking work of art! It sure brings curiosity to children...and adults, too!

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  16. Quite intersting, I wonder if the kids are curious about these 'things'...

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  17. This is rather startling! At first, I thought they were Roman ruins, but it's interesting to say the least!

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  18. I like this structure very much. Kinda reminds me of pictures with old ruins

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  19. Quite special! Follies can be very surprising.

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  20. I think that's really neat William, who's doesn't like to explore a 'ruin' . I'll bet the children love it..

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  21. @Linda: it certainly is!

    @RedPat: I was looking forward to the comments on this one.

    @Judy: oh yes.

    @Tamago: it certainly does.

    @VP: I would say so.

    @Ciel: it does remind one of that at first glance.

    @Denise: our prime minister Mackenzie King, back in the 30s and 40s, was doing this sort of thing at his estate in the Gatineau Hills. I will have to visit there sometime.

    @Marleen: they can be, yes.

    @Halcyon: most certainly!

    @Gill: yes, we do.

    @Geoff: they do!

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  22. Part fun house, part ruin, part cemetery, ALL fun!

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  23. The plaque gives a good explanation of the structures.

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  24. I love this! I want one for my yard!

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  25. I've never seen anything like this before. What a cool idea! It's head and shoulders above any typical playground equipment I've seen.

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  26. It makes me want to be a kid again so I could climb all over the ruins.

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  27. Very cool! I haven't been feeling very well, this heat and humidity is really getting to me. We are getting some rain now and hopefully it will be cooler over the next couple of days. :)

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  28. I bet it's a real attraction!

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  29. What fun. Children would love that. It is delightful sculpture for a park to stir imaginations.

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  30. @Tex: thanks!

    @Cloudia: and all different!

    @Randy: I thought so the first time I saw it.

    @Kate: it certainly does, so I thought I should photograph it as well.

    @Linda: it would take up a good deal of space!

    @Kay: the artist did good work with this.

    @EG: I did some climbing while I was there! I'm not so little anymore!

    @Linda: the last couple of days here have been okay, but humidity does the same to me.

    @Whisk: it does look enigmatic.

    @Norma: it certainly is.

    @Cheryl: oh, yes!

    @Mari: it certainly does that.

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  31. I think that's a very clever idea - better than a giant mosquito!

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  32. An intriguing piece of public art. Like some puzzle waiting to be completed.

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