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Mayor maintains cloak of secrecy over 'London landmarks'

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The Mayor of London is keeping tight-lipped over his potential 'Gateway to London' plans to create as many as six new landmarks to welcome visitors entering the capital.

It is understood that Ken Livingstone's new department, Design for London, has entered into early discussions with international architects such as Terry Farrell over the possibility of a London gateway.

A statement from the Mayor's office, said: 'Discussions are in very early stages, with no formal meetings having taken place.'

It is thought the landmarks will come in time for the 2012 Olympics, and five could take the shape of Olympic rings, although this has not been confirmed.

The monuments will aim to emulate the popularity of Anthony Gormley's Angel of the North outside Gateshead and Thomas Heatherwick's B of the Bang sculpture east of Manchester (pictured) which was produced in time for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

It is understood that Transport for London is currently looking at potential sites, which will designate the boundary of London.

by Richard Vaughan

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