Border monuments are often designed to celebrate mobility and interconnectedness. According to the architect Cecil Balmond, “A border offers identity but one that is enriched by neighbours, so that it’s not so much a line of separation as a local set of interconnected values.”
We are seeking short essays (max. 1,500 words) on any European border monument.
Well-known examples of border monuments include: the Statue of Humanity in Kars,‘The Star of Caledonia’ monument (yet to be built) on the Scottish/English border at Gretna,The Welcome (‘Cradle of History’) Monument on Gibraltar, the Schengen monument to a “borderless Europe”, the ‘Bridge of Europe’ over the Rhine River between Strasbourg (France) & Kehl (Germany), and the museumization of the Berlin Wall (e.g. the Checkpoint Charlie museum).
Entries are invited on these or any other border monuments located in Europe. We are particularly interested in learning why those monuments were built in the first place and how they contribute to the connection between two separate communities.
Closing date: 1 January 2012
Entries to be sent to: ChangingTurkey@gmail.com
Further details: http://changingturkey.com/category/the-big-idea-competition/
The winner will receive a copy of Cosmopolitan Spaces: Europe, Globalization, Theory