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Sam Jacob wins planning for menhir in Milton Keynes

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Former FAT director Sam Jacob has won the go-ahead to install a 1:1 replica of a standing stone at the top of Milton Keynes’ Midsummer Boulevard

The scheme, dubbed the MK Menhir, will be a full size copy of a standing sarsen stone from the Avebury Stone Circle.

The Avebury stone was 3d-scanned and the data was used to create a replica from hard-coated foam.

Sam Jacob of Sam Jacob Studio described the project: ‘Its form recalls the oldest human landscapes of Britain, while its iridescent finish suggests the contemporary language of custom car design to create an object that is both ancient and modern.’

The sculpture draws on the culture of Milton Keynes and the concepts behind the 1970’s New Town’s creation.

Jacob added: ‘The MK Menhir aims to draw on these traditions and ideas in developing a new artwork that is both ancient in its references, modern in its appearance while deeply rooted in the story of Milton Keynes and Midsummer Boulevard. It acts as a monument to founding myths of Milton Keynes, as well as a landmark responding to the formal axis and urban design of the boulevard, itself aligned with the midsummer solstice.’

The installation, which forms part of a series of Port Cochère public art projects commissioned by Milton Keynes and the MK Gallery, is set to complete in the Autumn.

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