In architecture, a “folly” is a building constructed primarily for decoration but either suggesting by its appearance some other purpose, or merely so extravagant that it transcends the normal range of garden ornaments or other class of building to which it belongs. In the original use of the word, these buildings had no other use but from the 19th to 20th Centuries, the term was also applied to highly decorative buildings which had secondary practical functions such as housing, shelter, or commerce.
“Home on the Strange: The Folly” was created to showcase my most recent style. It is decorated with reclaimed windows and doors salvaged from a local store. These elements, which normally open and close, create the fixed borders of the space. The table centerpiece is a light fixture featuring more than a dozen lights that is made of reclaimed copper piping. A beverage cooler is camouflaged as a cedar box with a lid, in keeping with the overall aesthetic of the patio. There is a portable bar area that when set up, has room for a bartender if the occasion requires it. Planters made of leftover scrap wood dot the entire space. My goal was to create an artful yet inviting space to entertain guests during the summer months, and a retractable burlap awning allows guests the choice of sun or shade. Even the awning is tied in with the overall design—planters and buckets of tall grasses that are arranged around the border to provide privacy are wrapped in vintage burlap Idaho potato sacks. To conserve water, a drip line was installed for all of the plants’ watering needs. The patio is also wired for power, so that guests can charge their smart phones or plug them into a speaker system. For accent color and texture, old power-line transistors are mounted atop bamboo stalks, creating organic yet high-tech blooming bushes. The patio has garnered a lot of attention in my neighborhood and people have asked about having it re-created in their own yards.”
-Tyler James Bush
Winner of Second Chance’s Recycled Materials contest 2012 and
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