Folly (Stage One)

Artist Name(s) Fiona Woods
Artwork title Folly (Stage One)
Context/Background Fiona Woods current practice is concerned with the idea of emergence, in which change is more than just a rupture or negation of that which already exists. It is located at an interface between the institutional site of art and the "lifeworld", staging situations and identities in an absurd effort to identify emergent subjectivities. 


Folly takes the form of acts of foolishness, both premeditated and unforeseen. Stage One sets out to explore the way in which the nonhuman world resists our intentions and thwarts human mastery. A 3.3m tower constructed from steel and scrap wood was erected and anchored on the beach on 21 August 2009, . Conditions were very windy and it was the highest tide of the summer (5.2m). The question was whether the structure would stand, float, or break away and drift off to sea. As the tide came in, it lifted the structure which floated directly above the anchor, surfacing and submerging with the force of the tide. It came to rest on the sand at midnight. This was repeated in the morning, and the structure came to rest on the sand in a different position. The anchored leg was bent at quite a strong angle by the force of the waves.


The project was included in a recent publication by YH485 Press, *periphery, curated by Aaron Juneau, Jonathan Watts and Harriet Mitchell 


Fiona Woods is a visual artist whose practice includes curating and writing. She has completed an MA on the Art in the Contemporary World at NCAD (2009). Recent presentations of work include: Breach, September, 2009, The Joinery, Dublin; and X/change, Courthouse Gallery, Co. Clare. Ongoing work in the public realm includes Walking Silvermines (with North Tipperary County Council); collection of minds, with ps2, Belfast; and Rhyzom, Culture 2007 research project

Commission Type The Arts Council
Commissioner Name Self-initiated
Project commission dates January 1, 2009 - January 1, 1970
Artform Visual Arts
Funded By Other
Budget Range 0 - 10000 euro
Project commission start date 01/01/2009
Location Flaggy Shore, Finavara, Burrin
County Clare
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Content contributor(s) Fiona Woods
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