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Folly: The View from Nowhere

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 dicembre 2009

Los Angeles until 28/2/2010 West Hollywood, MOCA Pacific Design Center This exhibition, organized by MOCA Curator Philipp Kaiser and Los Angeles-based architects Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena, surveys architectural follies from around the world.  A fascination of architects and scholars for centuries, follies are autonomous structures that might serve as memorials, meeting points, or observation towers; typically, they serve no function at all. Folly-The View from Nowhere,organized by MOCA Curator Philipp Kaiser and Los Angeles-based architects Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena, surveys architectural follies from around the world in an installation at MO CA Pacific Design Center, the museum’s West Hollywood venue designed by Cesar Pelli and located on Pacific Design Center’s campus. Offering a comparative overview of these structures-ranging from the Pantheon at Stourhead in Wiltshire, England, and Lucy the Elephant in Margate, N.J., to Pelli’s pavilion at Pacific Design Center-the exhibition revolves around a site-specific folly of Escher GuneWardena’s own design.  Folly-The View from Nowhere is made possible by endowment support from The Ron Burkle Endowment for Architecture and Design Programs. The exhibition is sponsored by Dwell. Generous support for MOCA Pacific Design Center is provided by Charles S. Cohen.  Construction of the folly generously provided by d + con, Design Plus Construction, General Contractors, Los Angeles.  (Image: Lucy the Margate Elephant, 1977, Margate City, N.J., courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, HABS collection, (photo by Jack E. Boucher)

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