The Paris School of Architecture has launched a contest for a £17,600 monument or pair of monuments to Brexit
The anonymous ‘Brexit Monuments’ competition seeks innovative proposals for a landmark public artwork exploring the UK’s intention to leave the EU and the potential breakdown of European cooperation.
The winning structure or structures will be constructed on privately owned land at either or both ends of the Eurotunnel rail link at Calais and Folkestone. If permission for the installation is refused it will instead be erected at the school’s headquarters in the French capital.
The competition brief says: ‘The Eurotunnel (providing rail services connecting London to Paris and Brussels), constructed between 1988 and 1994 is an important example of European infrastructural co-operation that emerged from a political ideologue that appears to become increasingly distant, or even impossible to imagine today.
’Brexit Monuments proposes an architectural engagement with this particularly loaded political issue, a monument to Brexit, located next to the Channel Tunnel entrances in either (or both) France or the UK and visible to travellers using the Eurostar service between London and Paris.’
The Paris School of Architecture is a new university, focusing on emerging professional requirements and preparing undergraduates and postgraduates for work in practice. It will open for its first intake of students in September next year.
The Brexit process has already been the subject of a Banksy mural depicting a workman chiselling off one of the stars on the European Union Flag located in a prominent position close to the Dover cross-channel ferry port.
Earlier this year a giant statue of British prime minister Theresa May wearing a Union Flag skirt was also temporarily erected on Dover’s famous white cliffs.
Proposals for the latest project may be of any height, footprint, form, material and longevity, with submissions due to be evaluated on their legibility at speed, communication of message, monumentality and buildability.
The overall winner will receive around £440 and see their proposal constructed.
Submissions may be in English or French. The deadline for applications is midday local time on 26 January.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
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