Mary Wollstonecraft was a writer, philosopher and revolutionary thinker who defies definition. Despite being considered a founder of feminism and an inspiration for campaigners over the last two centuries, she is critically under appreciated. We are building a Folly that will join the campaign for her wider recognition, raising awareness of her importance to help secure her legacy. This project is entirely self-funded and will be auctioned off to charity after the festival.
The design proposes a secluded space for thoughts and reflections, in response to Wollstonecraft’s last written work. The folly will be clad in CNC cut stained plywood panels that form a facade inspired by 18th century mausoleums, with a two person bench inside. The bespoke stained glass ceiling will be the central piece of the folly, and is generously being handmade and donated by a local stained glass club.
This pavilion will be part of The London Festival of Architecture 1st – 30th June. It will be showcased in Marlborough Park on Union Street, SE1 throughout June for the duration of LFA, in the ‘Extraordinary Women of Bankside’ exhibition, part of The Great Get Together Bankside street festival in memory of the late MP, Jo Cox.