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‘Monument to Brexit’ could be built near Channel Tunnel in Folkestone

PUBLISHED: 14:53 31 October 2017

Channel Tunnel, Folkestone

Channel Tunnel, Folkestone

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The Paris School of Architecture has launched a competition alongside its research into the impact of the UK leaving the EU

A “monument to Brexit” could be built at the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in Folkestone.

The Paris School of Architecture has launched a competition alongside its research into the infrastructural implications of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Entrants are being asked to design a monument, architectural structure, or piece of public art “that discusses the themes of lost European co-operation”.

The school says it will fund the construction of a design up to €20,000 (just over £17,500), subject to the agreement of the landowners of the proposed sites and planning chiefs at Shepway District Council.

If permission cannot be obtained, the monument will instead be constructed at the school in the French capital.

Bosses say there are no restrictions on height, footprint, materiality, form, or longevity of the proposal.

The school said in a statement: “Eurotunnel (providing rail services connecting London to Paris and Brussels), constructed between 1988 and 1994 is an important example of european infrastructural co-operation that emerged from a political ideologue that appears to become increasingly distant, or even impossible to imagine today.

“‘Brexit Monuments’ proposes an architectural engagement with this particularly loaded political issue, a monument to Brexit, located next to the Channel Tunnel entrances in either (or both) France or the UK, and visible to travellers using the Eurostar service between London and Paris.”

Do you have an idea for a Brexit monument in Folkestone? Send your suggestions to editorial@kosmedia.co.uk

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