Intepreted Identities: Ten follies celebrate ten extraordinary women

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Building on the instant success of the Marlborough Sports Garden which was launched on 16th May by local Olympian Tom Daley, we cannot wait to exhibit ten fantastic follies which have been designed by London-based art and architecture studios.

We launched this exclusive design challenge as part of the month-long London Festival of Architecture (LFA). This design challenge celebrates the identity of extraordinary women who have taken bold steps to make a difference in shaping the future social, architectural or urban environment of their local communities and beyond, whilst inspiring new generations. 

Interpreted Identities invited architects, designers and artists from across London to create a series of temporary, impactful public installations, or ‘follies’. These will be showcased in our latest BOST managed space, Marlborough Park on Union Street, SE1 throughout June for the duration of LFA in recognition of its 2018 theme ‘Identity’.

We are delighted that this event will also be at the centre of The Great Get Together Bankside on June 24th, 2018 — an event which last year brought 4,500 visitors to the Bankside area. Interpreted Identities forms part of the nationwide street festival in memory of the late MP, Jo Cox and both initiatives are set to attract thousands of local and international visitors.

The ten follies that will illuminate the inspirational work carried out by Bankside’s unsung female heroes are:

Cove Burgess -  Octavia Hill

InsideOut - Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan

PRP Architects -  James Barry

RCKa -  Alice Williams and others

Dallas and Angel -  Mary Shelley

SKA -  Fanny Wilkinson

Aros -  Bella Burge

One Works -  Annie Besant

Forge Architects -  P. J. Harvey

Foundry and Bottle -  Mary Wollstonecraft

“It’s fantastic to see the new Marlborough Sports Garden being used for this design challenge” said Tim Wood, Chair of BOST. “It's also been wonderful working alongside the LFA to celebrate these unsung local heroes whose stories we are proud to tell.”

The park is open each day from 9am-9pm and the follies are showcased here from 04 June - 30 June 2018 come and take a look! 

For more information on the designers or follies please contact: Concrete Communications olivia@concretecomms.com

Olivia Mudie