Artist Will Jennings is behind the website and competition

A Folly for London launches competition for daft alternative to Garden Bridge

The website, A Folly for London, set up to oppose the construction of the Garden Bridge in London, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, has launched an open ideas competition.

It is set up to find ‘alternative and equally absurd designs for the public space being sacrificed for the proposed Garden Bridge’.

The design should, the website says:
• Cost at least £60million of public money to construct; proposals may cost much more, but if so be sure to add vague promises of private funding.
• Take up as much of the site (marked in red) as possible. This is existing public greenspace and it needs to be built on. Your design should narrow the Thames footpath resulting in maximum overcrowding and removing as much existing nature from the site. There are mature trees here, but don’t worry about them – feel free to remove them.
•  Largely use environmentally damaging and unsustainable materials in its construction, and the best Folly to have the pretence of being a ‘green’ project will be eligible for a special ‘greenwash’ prize.
• Obstruct as many free and accessible views as possible from the South Bank and Waterloo Bridge
• Think about those wonderful vantages of St. Pauls and Somerset House. Now block them!
• Your Folly should aim to maximise commercial land values and raise house prices in the immediate vicinity.

The competition, which closes on 28 August, will be judged by architectural writer and critic Owen Hatherley and by Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party.

The website, set up by artist Will Jennings, is ‘a platform for articles and public engagement regarding the issues underlying the proposed Garden Bridge in central London, as well as a free-to-enter and open-to-all satirical competition for architecture of the absurd.’ Will Jennings is eager to receive ideas and articles.


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