Today is International Women’s Day, and in support of the 116-year-old holiday, James Merry of design firm Squint/Opera has reimagined London’s skyline with a series of four giant sculptures of important women in the arts, humanities, and sciences. The proposal includes a silicon roundabout under the gleaming skirt of mathematician Ada Lovelace, an Amelia Earhart airport control tower as an homage to the legendary pilot, a rock statue to ground the triumphs of writer and women’s rights advocate Mary Wollstonecraft, and finally a sewing machine bridge that spans the Thames in memory of the 1968 Sewing Machinists’ Strike.
It's an effort to combat what he sees as a blatant lack of representation of women in monuments. “Our cities continue to be dominated by architecture designed, engineered and built predominantly by men for men," He explains on the firm’s blog. "Of the 640 listed statues in the UK only 15% are women."
Ultimately, his stunning renderings are a powerful way of showing how, in his words, "London could be transformed by giant statues of positive female role models whose achievements have often been forgotten."
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