Two Follies for Hawkins Street was the second phase in the commission for Alaska Developments, following on from a previous work Three Follies for Print Hall. In this work Juliet continues to address ideas of erasure, reconnection, rebuilding and removal – themes which have defined this site for the last century.
In Two Follies for Hawkins Street, Juliet Haysom reintroduces fragments of lost and re-imagined local buildings into both the layout of the site’s landscaping and as a number of follies that link the two sites of Print Hall and Unity Street. She has created the follies to be monumental, robust, and beautifully crafted. The resulting artworks point to the histories of the area while allowing for imaginative and playful ways of reading and inhabiting the new public realm that make them distinctively different from most other local parks.
Juliet undertook detailed site and archival research, working closely with Bristol Archives to unearth historical photographs that inform Two Follies for Hawkins Street. These show the Golden Bowl Public House that used to exist on Davies Street until it was demolished at the end of the 1960s to make way for the Bristol Post building development. These follies are based on the pub’s facade, reproducing fragments of what was once a local landmark as a new place to meet and socialise. Having no frame of reference for the pub’s interior, this was created as a fiction which made playful use of materials for casting such as brick-textured wallpaper, timber shuttered panelling and a vacuum-formed stage-set light switch.
The design for the folly on the south edge of the new park is based on a window detail from the 19th century building on Unity Street that had its facade retained and reincorporated within the Phase 2 development but is set at a height that allows its window opening to be used as a seat instead.