On 24th June, a building appeared in the gap between the east and westbound traffic of the A12. Transforming the cavernous undercroft where the motorway crosses the Lea Navigation Canal, Folly for a Flyover is hosting a six week programme of waterside cinema, performance and play.
Hand-built with local, reclaimed and donated materials, the Folly draws influence from the surrounding red-brick buildings of Hackney Wick, posing as an imaginary piece of the area’s past, a building trapped under the motorway.
By day the folly will host a café, workshops and events and boat trips exploring the surrounding waterways. At night there will be screenings ranging from animation classics to early and experimental cinema with live scores, light shows and performances.
Like a giant construction-kit, the folly will be built over the period of a month by a team of volunteers. Having served one purpose it will be disassembled at the end of the summer, and the compents will find new uses across the local area.
Folly For a Flyover is the winner of the 2011 Bank of America Merrill Lynch CREATE Art Award.