We could see LIC's Socrates Sculpture Park turned into a magical land of high-flying fun this summer if architect Jesse Lockhart-Krause has his way. Submitted to the Architectural League's 2015 Folly competition, Lockhart-Krause's playful "Balloon Swing" concept imagines a rope swing suspended from an enormous, colorful hot-air balloon tethered to the ground, allowing children to safely soar high amidst the green tree canopy in Long Island City.
If chosen for the event, Lockhart-Krause’s balloon swing would be located in a small clearing in the park adjacent to the East River in Long Island City. According to the architect, it was this particular space with its serene grove of trees that inspired him to create something wonderfully interactive for the whole family to enjoy.
Now in its fourth year, the Folly Competition is sponsored by the Architectural League of New York and Socrates Sculpture Park. Every year, the competition calls for emerging architects to create “full-scale projects and installations that thoughtfully use space, material, and/or process to create a physical experience.” The winner of the installation that best represents “architectural folly” is awarded a $5,000 production grant towards construction of their project.
The completed project for this year’s Folly event will be unveiled in early May 2015.