4/10 - Our fourth folly, from The DnA Factory, interprets Mary Shelley's identity

Interpreted Identity: Mary Shelley
Designer: The DnA Factory
Showcased at: The Marlborough Sports Garden, Union Street, SE1
Exhibited: 01 - 30 June

Mary Shelley's identity, interpreted by The DnA Factory, is the fourth folly to be revealed as part of Interpreted Identities, for the London Festival of Architecture which runs from 01-30 June.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, as her name suggests, was the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft who is also the subject of another Interpreted Identities folly.  Shelley was a novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer, who  is most well-known for her 1818 novel, Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus

The DnA Factory's folly is constructed from salvaged materials and found objects, so is a 100% recycled/up-cycled sculptural work. 
"This echoes the constructed theme of Mary's most famous novel, Frankenstein, the bolting together of unrelated human parts," said The DnA Factory regarding the folly. "Viewed from the back forwards we're following a narrative, taking you on a journey from the constriction of a concrete chain, dancing soldiers locked together in a dervish whirl speak of the follies of war, a compass marks direction, the hand  reaching across the inevitable bonds of the DnA we're all created by and from, across the doily representing society and expectation, past vanity — suggested by an empty ornate mirror frame, across time - a clock face minus hands, towards the key to growth, a holistic and harmonious life. The piece resembles a tomb, to remind us all about our own fragility and mortality; The golden head to make us remember the power of imagination and creativity."

“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.”

Each day we will be showcasing a ‘folly’, so watch this space for the reveals and of course come and see all ten from 01 June - 30 June.

To find out more about the Interpreted Identities design challenge, click here.

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

About The DnA Factory

Founded in 1990 by Dallas & Angel [DnA][b.1967] after graduating the University of London Goldsmith’s College. This art partnership has continued to produce some of the most unique and uncompromising sculpture, montage & installation. Their work is held in influential collections worldwide.

Olivia Mudie