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Mark Brest van Kempen, \
Mark Brest van Kempen, "Free Speech Monument", granite marker before installation, 1991 - 1994

Mark Brest van Kempen, \   Mark Brest van Kempen, "Free Speech Monument", being used as gathering place for a political event, 1991-1994
Mark Brest van Kempen, \   Mark Brest van Kempen, "Free Speech Monument", drawing showing altered space in red, 1991-1994
Mark Brest van Kempen, \   Mark Brest van Kempen, "Free Speech Monument", view of Sproul Plaza, 1991-1994
Mark Brest van Kempen

Free Speech Monument, 1991-1994

This project was winner of a national public art competition to commemorate the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley. It uses the political process to create a space free from any outside jurisdiction. A six inch column of land and airspace are legally redefined as not being a part of any nation, state or city therefore no laws are applicable within the small space. A granite ring surrounds the land and bears the inscription:

"This soil and the airspace extending above it shall not be a part of any nation and shall not be subject to any entity's jurisdiction."

The free space attracts speakers and political events to the site.

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