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Flowing Through Built Space: Folly By Nathaniel Rackowe

We’re excited to announce one of our newest additions to the sculpture family at Tremenheere, Folly by Nathaniel Rackowe takes the form of two sheds balancing intriguingly on top of each other by the peaks of their roofs. 

Nathaniel Rackowe is a London-based artist who specialises in street art, sculpture, and light art. His often large-scale urban referenced structures and light sculptures are designed to recreate the experience of navigating the city around us.

“His works are abstracted impressions of today’s metropolitan experience evoked through the vicissitudes of light as it fluctuates throughout the city. Influenced by Modernism, film and video games, Rackowe uses the mass manufactured derivative products of the modernist era – glass, corrugated plastics, concrete, scaffolding, breeze blocks and strip lights to recreate the collective experience and visual sensations of urban contemporary life, while incorporating a deeply personal emotional response to flowing through built space.” – MTArt Agency 

This piece used to stand alongside the River Thames, near Vauxhall Bridge in London and ‘folly’ is the name for a building that has no obvious use other than to be decorative. This is deceptive as it’s a seemingly normal shed with a yellow roof, however it holds an almost identical shed upside down and turned around with its door facing in the opposite direction. 

It was inspired by a train commute, seeing the back of garden sheds of the terraced houses which led him to question how we define space and how we can be defined by spaces. After having recently come back from a residency in Beirut in Lebanon, a city marked by its civil war, the city had been physically divided across the middle. Spaces were not only important, to an extent, they defined people’s allegiances and religions.

Nathaniel Rackowe explores spaces by taking out chunks of colour, adding to the shed and revolving it. He encourages people to interact with his sculptures so during your visit to Tremenheere it’s worth having a close look. 

Folly can be found near the entrance on the grassy area between Tremenheere Gallery and Tremenheere Kitchen. The gardens are open everyday 10.30 – 5.30.