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Angel of the North inspires 'education pit' competition entry

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Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North gets a subterranean education structure in the latest RIW-AJ competition entry.

Stephen Dixon has proposed an ‘education pit’ which is sunk to the depth of the Angel’s pile foundations and reveals state-of-the-art engineering.

He explains: “The Angel sits above old coal mine workings, in-filled to create the roots of the sculpture 20 metres below the surface.

“The scale of the foundations and the mining history of the area are experienced in the journey from the hillside to the pit floor. The underground concept and grass cap ensure that the Angel remains as an object in the landscape.”

The RIW and AJ ‘Going Underground’ competition is inviting imaginative designs for new subterranean concepts beneath a UK landmark.

How to enter

·       Choose a UK landmark and propose an underground structure beneath it

·       Submit your proposal on the ‘RIW Going Underground Drawing Sheet’ PDF

·       Your proposal can be hand drawn, rendered or drawn in CAD. Drawings of any size will be accepted, but A2 or A3 is the preferred size

·       See the attached ‘Rules and conditions of entry’ PDF for more info

·       Send your proposal to goingunderground@cibcomms.co.uk

·       Please share your idea on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #goingunderground

Make founder Ken Shuttleworth will be one of the judges, which will see the winning entry receive £1,000 of holiday vouchers and the best designs feature in the AJ.

The closing date for entries is 8 May 2015.

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