June 21 – October 28, 2017 Opening: June 21, 2017 (5 – 8pm)



Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York are pleased to announce Circle Shade – 2πR4 as the 2017 winning proposal for Folly/Function, an annual juried design/build competition for architects and designers. Long Island City, NY-based firms Eva Jensen Design, in collaboration with Laufs Engineering Design, designed the 2017 winning project.

Responding to the 2017 competition’s challenge to create four portable, deployable canopy structures for flexible use throughout the highly active environment of Socrates Sculpture Park, Eva Jensen Design conceived a minimal and clean design that emphasizes simplicity, transparency, and versatility, inspired by a fundamental shape: the circle.

Circle Shade – 2πR4 consists of three main components – a circular canopy, aluminum support poles, and cylindrical drum counter weights. The circular canopy is connected to the poles with custom designed high strength structural 3D-printed joint nodes, engineered as rigid connections, with the ability to customize for variable pitches to the canopy. Elegantly simple, each canopy tilts while the structures can rotate in position to one another, exuding a playful character that complements the spirit of the Park.

Circle Shade – 2πR4 offers a transparent, unobstructed view of the Park and its vistas and may be arranged in compelling clusters to host more dynamic events. Its cylindrical counter weights may be used as step stools, display surfaces, or additional seating, and includes Socrates Sculpture Park’s iconic eyebeam logo and celebrates it as form and functional branding.

Jensen’s proposal was selected from submissions from around the world and reviewed by a jury of six esteemed architects, engineers, and artists, comprising Tatiana Bilbao (Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO), Eric Bunge (nARCHITECTS), Mary Miss (Artist, City as Living Laboratory), Craig Schwitter (BuroHappold Engineering), Hayes Slade (Slade Architecture), and John Hatfield (Executive Director of Socrates Sculpture Park).

The final design included sponsored collaboration from several generous vendors: Truth Concrete developed custom concrete counterweights; Manhattan Shade & Glass fabricated, bound, and sewed the structures’ membrane canopies; Reflect Printing and Graphic Design was responsible for printing the Park’s logo on the canopy; and Phorm, Inc. CNC milled the Russian birch plywood counterweight seats and fabrication jigs.

Photos and video by Jonathan Pilkington, Courtesy Eva Jensen Design.


The program launched in 2012 as ‘Folly’ – an investigation of the intersection between sculpture and architecture through the conceptual framework of structures that intentionally served no utilitarian purpose. The program has evolved to fuse form with utility to address structural challenges within the Park. Specifically, the 2017 competition asks architects and designers to design and create four portable structures to replace four standard tent structures that are deployed, as needed, throughout the park. The Folly program is an annual architecture competition to design and build a large-scale project for public exhibition at Socrates.

The program is directed jointly by Jess Wilcox, the Park’s Director of Exhibitions, and Anne Rieselbach, Program Director at The Architectural League of New York. Socrates and the League launched the annual Folly program in 2012 to explore the intersections and divergences between architecture and sculpture. Through an annual juried competition, the program creates an opportunity for one emerging architect or designer to build a project in an urban, public realm. In 2016, the competition was renamed Folly/Function and shifted emphasis, asking entrants to fuse form with utility, creating designs that explore the intersection of art and architecture while addressing and improving the conditions of the Park.

Previous winning proposals include Sticks, 2016, by Hou de Sousa; Torqueing Spheres, 2015, by IK Studio; SuralArk, 2014, by Austin+Mergold; tree wood, 2013, by Toshihiro Oki architect p.c.; and Curtain, 2012, by Jerome W. Haferd and K. Brandt Knapp.


Folly/ Function is a partnership between Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York. The program is funded, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.


Eva Jensen Design is an award-winning New York based architecture and design studio founded by principal Eva Christine Jensen, AIA, MAA. EJD offers an international experience rooted in the Danish design tradition, and works in a full range of design projects with a niche in high-end residential architecture and interiors, furniture design, and art installations. EJD emphasizes attention to detail and aspires to create spaces that connect people to nature with a focus on light and cohesiveness striving for innovation and authentic design solutions.


The Architectural League of New York nurtures excellence in architecture, design, and urbanism, and stimulates thinking and debate about the critical design and building issues of our time. As a vital, independent forum for architecture and its allied disciplines, the League helps create a more beautiful, vibrant, innovative, and sustainable future.