The Fourth Plinth: One & Other


The new commission of the Fourth Plinth Project is strangely addictive watching: conceived by Antony Gormley, the project allows punters the chance to stand on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square for an hour– and do what they like. More than 23,000 people applied for 2,400 places (the project runs for 24 hours a day, from 6 July – 14 October). According to the project description:

He is asking the people of the UK to occupy the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in London, a space normally reserved for statues of Kings and Generals. They will become an image of themselves, and a representation of the whole of humanity.

A live webcam is capturing all of the participants, and there’s short pieces on the accompanying website on most of the ‘plinthers‘. It’s attracting loads of attention, in public & online, apparently scoring more hits at the moment than Big Brother!

At the time of posting a woman was making a sculpture out of bread, in homage to Gormley’s work ‘Event Horizon’. Anxious watchers are still awaiting the inevitable nudity/defecation/similarly outre public act…

Could there be an equivalent for Dublin? Or would they have beer cans thrown at their heads? Discuss…