Rachel Feinstein: Fellini-esque Follies in the Park

NEW YORK-A trio of fairy tale maquettes is on view in Madison Square Park. The whimsical white sculptures are architectural follies by Rachel Feinstein.

The latest installment in the Madison Square Park Conservancy’s Mad. Sq. Art project, “Rachel Feinstein: Folly,” is the New York-based artist’s first public art exhibition in the United States.

“Comprising her largest sculptural works to date, the installation consists of three follies—structures that were popular in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century architecture, built with decorative rather than functional purpose,” the release for the exhibition states. “The three structures include a house perched on a towering cliff, a Rococo-style hut, and a flying ship moored high in a tree, supported by a mast extending to the ground.”

“Rachel Feinstein: Folly,” is on view from May 7 to Sept. 7, 2014.

All photos by Arts Observer

“Flying Ship,” 2014 (powder-coated aluminum with applied graphics).

“Cliff House,” 2014 (powder-coated aluminum with applied graphics).

Detail of “Cliff House.”

Alternative view of “Cliff House,” shows the rear structure of the work.

[“Folly”] 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. — Rachel Feinstein

Installation view of “Rococo Hut,” 2014 (powder-coated aluminum with applied graphics), also shown at top of page.

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