11
Jul
09

One & Other: Trafalgar’s fourth plinth

The fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square has been used to showcase a continually-changing series of art: Marc Quinn’s Alison Lapper Pregnant was there for a couple of years, followed by Thomas Schütte’s Model for a Hotel.

There’s a lot of buzz around Antony Gormley’s current installation, One & Other, though. That’s because it’s comprised of us.

Every hour, 24 hours a day, for 100 days without a break, different people will make the Plinth their own. If you’re selected, you can use your time on the plinth as you like – to demonstrate, to perform, or simply to reflect…Participants will be picked at random, chosen from the thousands who will enter, to represent the entire population of the UK. The rules are simple: you must stand on the plinth alone, for the whole hour; you can do whatever you want, provided it’s legal; and you can take anything with you that you can carry.

Now here’s the problem: you can watch a live stream of the fourth plinth and each of the people on it. And  I can’t stop watching. Right now there’s a woman making teddy bears.

Is it art? I don’t know. But it’s engaged me.

Image from ciaranj75 via Creative Commons license

Image from ciaranj75 via Creative Commons license

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