Plans have been unveiled for a 12 metre-high bronze statue of London Mayor Boris Johnson overlooking the River Thames in London.
Construction is due for completion in May.
Here are some more details from the competition winners:
DESIGNS Unveiled for 40ft Bronze BORIS Bike Statue
Madcap London Mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled plans to commemorate his 3rd year in the top job at City hall with a 40ft tall bronze statue of himself. Boris left Londoners amazed as he today unveiled plans ahead of the 4th of May anniversary announcing “This is my gift to the people of London to commemorate a marvellous 3 years”.
The 15 tonne bronze will be paid for by tax payers with the design being chosen after a private competition masterminded by Johnson personally. “I invited designers from around the world and picked the winner today”. The design features Johnson aboard one of the infamous “Boris Bikes”, widely seen as one of the crowning achievements of his reign thus far.
Gregg Stone of designers Dowling Jones &Stone Ltd, the London based winners of the competition said “Boris has a very clear vision and we face a real race against time to have the statue constructed in time, we will be working around the clock”. It is hoped that the statue will become a worldwide icon and plans are in place to take smaller versions of the statue on a world tour.
The statue will be visible from City Hall so successors to Johnson’s crown will be reminded of his legacy. The design will fill the void between Tower Bridge and City Hall on London’s South Bank, and provide another tourist attraction for this bustling hub.
Dowling Jones and Stone Ltd are a new start up company based in west London which create visualisations of architectural concepts.
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