Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Folly Within The Park

This oddity in Strathcona Park is a work of art from 1992 by Stephen Braithwaite titled Strathcona's Folly. Some of you might remember it, but it's been awhile. The artist assembled parts of local architectural history and blended them with bronzed items for a different take on what is often found in estate gardens- the folly. Surrounded by sand, it makes for an interesting spot for kids to explore, as well as a handy perch for birds. There was a gull at the highest point of the folly the whole time I was here. I couldn't detect anything amiss with the one corner that had a caution fence wrapped around it. Perhaps there was some work scheduled for it.

35 comments:

  1. I don't think I've toured a folly before. This one has some interesting bits of history.

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  2. ...the term 'folly' was never familiar to me until recently, this is lovely.

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  3. Very special such a folly in a park.

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  4. Hello, I have never heard the term folly used in this way. It looks like a fun sculpture, great for the kiddies park. Happy Wednesday, enjoy your day!

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  5. love the shoes, and the face. very unique & creative 2. ( ;

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  6. @Kay: every time I see it, it makes me smile.

    @Orvokki: it is.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Tom: I have heard it used in that context for many years.

    @Marianne: I think it was a wonderful idea.

    @Eileen: it is quite a sight to see.

    @Beth: I agree.

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  7. So it's actually called a folly....

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  8. i think it's pretty neat...i'd love to play in there if i was a kid! great way for kids to really use their imaginations here!

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  9. What a wonderful creation! I like this kind of art that really can be used in daily life.

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  10. Now that's an interesting piece of 'art'!

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  11. Interesting park, post and neat photos ~ ^_^

    A ShutterBug Explores ~ aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  12. The shoes are a wonderful detail.

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  13. Funky! However this is a good piece to view when kids can play on it.

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  14. @Norma: it certainly is.

    @Tanya: I think it's a wonderful spot.

    @Jan: I like it too.

    @Furry Gnome: it is!

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Marleen: they are.

    @Red: I expect so.

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  15. Oh my gosh, if I was a kid I could have so much fun here. A little imagination and it could be just about anything for a kid.

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  16. It is an interesting piece and I kinda like it. Almost whimsy
    MB

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  17. It's just odd enough for me to like it and I'll bet the kiddos love the place!

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  18. I've always liked the idea of a folly ☺ this is a quirky piece William, smiled at the shoes left behind!

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  19. A curious way to preserve the past, to be sure.

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  20. Indeed...a child with a bit of imagination would have a ball there.

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  21. I'm surprised they let kids play on such hard surfaces. The powers that be always seem to be so concerned about being sued that they have taken the fun from so many things.

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  22. This is so cool, William! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  23. @Sharon: it was a very good idea.

    @MB: indeed!

    @Lowell: I imagine so.

    @Grace: they were a good addition.

    @Revrunner: definitely.

    @Janey: they would!

    @RedPat: fortunately that's not the case here.

    @Linda: You're welcome.

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  24. A very interesting work of art, I like it a lot.

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  25. Very creative art and kids probably love it and enjoy playing there.

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  26. A unique place for adults and children.

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  27. Very enjoyable space Especially the shoes!

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  28. Well, it's a bit odd... fun to see!

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  29. Nice to see your photographs.
    Folly designs can be so amazing and quite different!

    All the best Jan

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  30. Interesting place. Good shots.

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  31. @Denise: me too.

    @Bill: I expect so.

    @Mari: it is!

    @Christine: definitely!

    @Linda: indeed!

    @Catalyst: very much so.

    @Maywyn: it definitely is.

    @Jan: this one is a good one.

    @Klara: thank you!

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