A Modern Folly
 
      Taking the time-honored tradition of ornament in the landscape, we have added the element of function
      to the garden folly, and it becomes a "modern folly". But how did this all begin?  
 
      Built primarily to be viewed as part of the scenery, it is a European invention. At the height of
      their popularity in the 18th and 19th centuries, folly buildings were based on the picturesque ruins of
      Italy, Greece and Turkey.
 
      Forgotten temples, pyramids and ruins viewed by tourists on the Grand Tour would then be reproduced
      in their own gardens and landscapes. It was a deliberate attempt to recreate a scene from antiquity —
      a tribute to what was thought to be a more ideal and idyllic way of life. [click for more...]