Encouraging new design talent with 'folly!'
Saturday saw a wonderful prize-giving event at Fountains Abbey. If you’ve been following the National Trust’s ‘folly!’ events and installations, you may well already have come across the design of 11 year old Foster Carter.
Foster won a competition run by the National Trust and the North Yorkshire Association of Architects to design a folly that would be built by us and installed at Studley Royal Deer Park at Fountains Abbey. The competition aimed to encourage primary school children to think like architects and to learn a little about the architectural process. Foster’s design of a tethered cloud was the overall winner and can be seen next to the Silver Pond. You can find out more about how it was made, here.
On Saturday, children, architects, teachers and parents came together for a prize-giving celebration. The winners from each school were awarded a prize, with Foster receiving a rather special trophy: a 3D printed 1:25 scale model of his design, made on our HP Multi Jet Fusion printer. The trophy was awarded by Marketing Director, Tim Leigh who had the following to say about working with such young, but highly focused talent:
“Who is my favourite designer? This is something I’m normally reluctant to share, but today I can let you into a little secret. He’s called Foster Carter, he’s aged 11, and I like his design methodology. He knew exactly what he wanted and never once changed his mind.”