The Cloud by Foster Carter

The Cloud, folly 2018

The design of the fourth new installation to be built was selected from over 1,800 competition entries as part of a competition with North Yorkshire Society of Architects. The winner, Foster Carter, designed The Cloud, which visitors can find by Studley Royal.

Our fourth installation has been designed by 11 year old Foster Carter, a student whose imaginative design was selected from over 1800 competition entries. Visitors will be able to explore his design, inspired by the Yorkshire weather, at Silver Pond near the Studley Royal entrance.

Foster at fabricators Stage One talking about his design, The Raining Cloud.
Foster showing his design to Stage One
Foster at fabricators Stage One talking about his design, The Raining Cloud.

Foster won a competition to design the fourth folly which was run in partnership with North Yorkshire Society of Architects. Foster is a pupil at Le Cateau Primary School, Catterick Garrison near York, one of over 50 schools which entered, taking part in workshops with local architects to create their idea of a contemporary folly.

Foster’s design, ‘The Cloud’, uses a 4.2m wood frame to hold up a ‘cloud’ and will be situated at Silver Pond in the water garden.  This fourth installation will launch alongside the others on 28 April.

Foster Carter, 11, won a school competition to have his design 'The Cloud' built at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
Foster Carter with his folly! design, The Cloud
Foster Carter, 11, won a school competition to have his design 'The Cloud' built at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal
Bring your family along to dance under the Cloud

Discover folly 2018! 

The National Trust’s contemporary art programme folly! is back for 2018, bigger and bolder than ever. Celebrating the playful, whimsical style of Studley Royal water garden, the four designs which will bring fresh colour and curiosity to the landscape in April have been revealed.

Join the folly! family trail and let your creativity run wild!

folly! art in the garden family trail

There's art in the garden but it's not paintings, and it's not in a gallery...The artworks are in the garden and they're just for fun - we call them follies. Use this map to explore!

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