Te Takitaki - 2017 Brick Bay Folly Competition Winner
by Sophie Edwards, Jayne Kersten, Tom Dobinson and George Grieve, interior landscape by Winston Dewhirst.
Te Takitaki inherited the position of guarding and surveying Brick Bay from from its predecessor, the 'Belly of the Beast'. In situating the work on this steeply sloping hillside, the winning team imagined that the folly could take inspiration from a Maori palisade, a fence that assisted in the fortification of a key piece of land. While such fences had the practical task of defining inside and outside, they would often be comprised of sculpted objects. Personifying the palisade through the use of carved figures gave the sense that the fence itself was occupying the land and keeping watch.
Te Takitaki wraps around a hidden interior, protecting itself from an unknown enemy. The traditional characters of a palisdae have withdrawn from the boundary of the fence to the inner sanctum of the courtyard. In pulling the figures / pou away from the woven fence, the folly seeks to extrapolate from a historic reading of the palisade, and further explore what it means for a structure to 'occupy' the land. As a visitor to the folly walking up this hill, you play the dual roles of an approaching stranger, and of one who becomes the protected occupant upon entry.
The Paramount Winner has been published in Architecture NZ magazine, distributed on the 9th of March 2017, as well as other AGM publications and internaional architecture and design websites and blogs.
The Top five finalists for the Brick Bay Folly 2017 were:
Te Takitaki by Jayne Kersten, sophie Edwards from Jasmax and Tom Dobinson and George Grieve from Pattersons Architects. This project draws from the inspiration from the structure of a Maori palisade, a fence that assisted in the fortification of a key piece of land.
The Lost Kina, by Thomas Seear-Budd and James Ross, graduates from Studio Pacific Architecture, uses 625 neglected road cones to compose a structural object standing approximately 8 metres tall.
Tickled pink, designed by Hannah Manning-Scott from Auckland Art Gallery and cameron Deynzer from Glamuzima Architects, incorporates interior chambers that focus the visitor's attention onto different parts of the landscape..
Arcadia emulates a typical visual language of an 18th or 19th century garden folly with reference to a Gothic vaulted archway. Rachael Piper and Ji Hye Lim from Warren and Mahoney Architects designed this concept.
An Appellation of Air locates itself within and of the environment, with its forms and fluctuations defined through the passing impressions of the wind and the hands of visitors. It is designed by nick Denton of Studio Pacific Architecture and Guy Newton from Architecture+.
There will be an 'Opening Function' for the winning Brick Bay Folly 2017 on Sunday the 26th of March, please contact email@example.com if you would like further details and to attend this special event.
A press release and hi-res images by Sam Hartnett will be available on Friday the 17th of March, please contact the Folly Project Manager / Arts Manager Jonathan Organ.
This year the jury consists of Richard Didsbury and Jonathan Organ from Brick Bay, Karen Warman and Joanne Duggan from Resene, Richard Harris from jasmax, Justine Harvey from Architecture New Zealand, Dave Hunter from Fletcher Building, Tony Van Raat and Ryan Mahon, the 2016 co-winner.
Call For Entries Deadline for the brick Bay Folly 2018: Midnight 18th September.
Click here for terms and conditions of entry:
For further information please contact Arts Manager: Jonathan Organ 022 390 7203.
Brick Bay Sculpture Trust invites proposals for large scale projects and installations that explore contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly, a folly design build project leading to a two year exhibition at Brick Bay. Especially popular among the romantics of the 18th and 19th centuries, architectural follies are structures that often have no discernible purpose and are placed within a garden or landscape.
The objective is to support young and emerging New Zealand architects or students in an acrredited New Zealand architecture programme to explore the intersections between architecture and sculpture, and the increasing overlaps in references, concepts and tchniques between the two disciplines.
One conceptual project will be selected as the Paramount Winner
The successful recipient will receive an overall $35,000 grant towards realising the proposed project. This grant consists of four seperate components.
1. $15,000 cash from Resene to be applied to the project and Resene paint for the build supplied by new zealand's leading paint and coatings company.
2. $10,000 of bulding suplies and services from Fletcher Building.
3. A non cash grant of up to $5,000 of value of labour from Brick Bay Sculpture Trust.
4. A non cash grant of up to $5,000 of value providing technical advice and fabrication resources from A.U.T.
The project will be documented by one of New Zealand's leading architectural photgraphers, Samuel Hartnett. AGM Publishing will publish the Brick Bay Folly in Architecture New Zealand, Architecture Now and Urbis. The top five finalists will also be invited to create a scaled maquette / model if they wish, to be included in the prestigious Urbis Day HQ exhibition.