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The Gallery | Design exhibition mocks Thames Garden Bridge

An eternal flame, a crashed spaceship and a rainbow are among the alternatives to the controversial Thames Garden Bridge that will be showcased in an exhibition from tomorrow.

Artist Will Jennings’ A Folly for London project ran a competition to find “equally absurd” uses of the site where the Thomas Heatherwick-designed crossing is due to be built.

The £175M Thames Garden Bridge has attracted criticism from various groups, with engineers questioning the cost and usefulness of the project.

Ben Weir’s eternal flame proposal – with a fire on a pier over the Thames fuelled by trees removed from London’s parks – won Jennings’ satirical contest.

Other entries included a rainbow, a semi-submerged UFO, an incinerator, a ridiculously high tower and a massive cake.

A pop-up exhibition of the entries is being held at St. John’s Church in Waterloo from 24 September until 4 October.

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