The Lost Folly project is an ambitious mobile sculptural project, which brings together heritage and contemporary art in public spaces as part of a larger national collaboration called ‘Caves, Follies, Grottoes & Hermitages’. The project will build a new temporary folly structure on Sheppey, inspired by local architecture, in partnership with local skilled makers. The Folly will tour Swale, and engage people in creative events in each location.
Caves, follies, grottoes and hermitages are considered places of wonder, curiosity, mystery, darkness, and solitude. Whether carved by nature, or fabricated by hand to mimic nature, they manifest an atmosphere of enchantment presenting a staged experience. Of those still in existence many have fallen into disrepair, exposing elements of their fakery. Yet they have the power to draw audiences with their extraordinary appearance.
The Lost Folly project aims to create a new wandering Folly for Sheppey, which over the course of 2015-2016 will animate public spaces, becomes a platform for creative activity, and showcase the talents of creative people on Sheppey.