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Sto provides material support for student project “fragmented follies” curated by Sam Jacob

August 22, 2019

Sto was delighted to support Sam’s latest installation “fragmented follies” by providing a range of coating and the reinforcing materials normally used in our own StoTherm Classic façade insulation system. For this installation, which was co-designed by Sam Jacob Studio and a group of 9th year students from Burntwood School South London, the students were invited to explore the design process via a series of workshops.

Participants were first invited to walk through a park and take photographs of elements that interested them. The second workshop saw the same students working with Jacob to assemble models, made up of shapes inspired by the images. These building blocks became the reference point for the final design of the sculptural pieces.

Fragmented Follies is a set of objects that are part landscape, part sculpture, part furniture that invite visitors to sit on, picnic at, and otherwise interact with their unusual forms.

The shape of the follies was drawn from the surrounding context of the park and its history, referencing elements including the chimneys of Battersea Power Station, a Barbara Hepworth sculpture, structures left behind from the 1951 Festival of Britain, elements of Victorian gothic revival monuments, even the sole of a lost wellington boot found in the park.

These layers of architectural and cultural histories were combined in unusual ways to create social sculptures – objects that invite interpretation through the way they are used.

Sited on the Pump House Gallery terrace they provide an enlivening link between the gallery and the park.

Commissioned by Pump House Gallery & Royal College of Art Curating Contemporary Art programme and co-designed with students from Burntwood School.

Sam Jacob Studio’s previous collaboration with Sto Werkstatt took place in May 2016 when he created the exhibition One Thing after Another using StoVerolith. A film of the process is available here

  • Fragmented Follies Sam Jacob
  • Fragmented Follies Sam Jacob
  • Fragmented Follies Sam Jacob