A satirical ideas competition has been launched seeking alternative ‘follies’ for Thomas Heatherwick’s Garden Bridge site in London
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Backed by artist Will Jennings, the ‘Folly for London’ contest is looking for ‘alternative and equally absurd designs’ for the riverside site.
According to the brief: ‘We welcome entries from established and unknown artists, big-name architects or unknown students, adults and children, Londoners and outsiders.’
The document continued: ‘Your idea could be a monumental folly which serves no purpose other than ego & waste; a coin tower made up of six-billion penny pieces, a towering statue of Joanna Lumley and Boris Johnson embracing or a wind turbine which turns against the wind showering gold dust over tourists.
‘Perhaps you could mash together different functions which aren’t suitable for the site; a penthouse bus garage or a petting zoo abattoir. Let your creativity run wild.’
Submissions must include two A4 or A3 sheets and a short description.
Judges include architecture critic Owen Hatherley and Green Party leader Natalie Bennett who will also select the winner of a ‘best greenwash’ special prize.
The deadline for entries is midnight on Friday 28 August.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
Contest seeks satirical Garden Bridge alternatives