In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but suggesting through its appearance some other purpose, or of such extravagant appearance that it transcends the range of garden ornaments usually associated with the class of buildings to which it belongs.
18th century English gardens and French landscape gardening often featured mock Roman temples, symbolizing classical virtues. Other 18th century garden follies represented Chinese temples, Egyptian pyramids, ruined abbeys, or Tatar tents, to represent different continents or historical eras.
Broadway Tower, Worcestershire, England
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Russian artist Roman Booteen has created this Hobo nickel, which he titled “THE TRAP with GOLDEN BAIT.” A carved Morgan dollar, featuring a 1945 gold 2-peso coin from Mexico serving as “bait” in the middle. The coin also features a mouth of teeth that act as a trap jaw. The trap jaws are triggered when the gold coin is pressed.
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Los Angeles-based artist Federico Tobon attached a reel of 24 hand-drawn pages depicting an abstract animal to the chuck of a drill, generating an endlessly spinning sequence of frames. As Tobon engaged the drill’s trigger, the bit rotated the pages 360° and animated the cycle of otherwise static drawings. (via)
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Seattle-based artist Casey Curran constructs mesmerizing kinetic sculptures of copper and brass wire relied on a motorized mechanism. “Bequeath these Seeds,” was created in 2016 for the Bellevue Arts Museum biennial show “Metalmorphosis”.
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The Fairy Doors of Ann Arbor are a series of tiny doors that are a type of installation art found in the city of Ann Arbor in the U.S. state of Michigan. The first public fairy door appeared outside Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea in 2005, installed by Jonathan B. Wright, a teacher of graphic design technologies. There are ten public Ann Arbor fairy doors, but the idea has also spread to other nearby towns.
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Antaimoro is handmade paper made from the avoha tree bark and is decorated using pressed fresh flowers and leaves. The bark is soaked and pounded into a pulp with wooden mallets, then spread and decorated with plants or local flowers and placed in the sun to dry. This cream-colored decorative paper is used to make lampshades, envelopes, bond paper and even bags.
The coolest kite ever designed by Tsan-Huang Feng. The bicycle man kite pedals in the wind as it flies!