Thursday, 26 February 2009

Antony Gormley's One And Other on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square

Not One and Other, but Another Place by Antony Gormley.
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If you were on the Aberystwyth University School of Art tour to the Liverpool Biennial last year, what you probably didn't see was Antony Gormley's sculpture installation, Another Place, on Cromley Beach, a good distance from the city. However, you should, in theory, be able to see his latest work from the comfort of your own computer, providing you are connected to the Internet (which you clearly are, if you're reading this).

One and Other is Gormley's successful bid to occupy the fourth, famously vacant plinth in London's Trafalgar Square. Or rather, he won't be occupying it, but selected members of the public, in a living, breathing installation that will change occupants every hour, twenty-four hours a day, for 100 days beginning on the 6th of July, 2009.

It was this little detail that I missed when listening to the item about it on Radio 4's Today programme this morning. I thought, since it appeared to be a news item, i.e. current, that the first person was climbing on the plinth at 9:45am this morning, and that I would be able to post a webcam link here. Well, the bad news is that obviously the plinth isn't occupied yet.

The good news is that I can bring you a link to a webcam already turned on the unsuspecting public in Trafalgar Square. The second piece of good news is that they're still looking for volunteers: 67 people from Wales, to be precise, and various numbers from other parts of the country to make up the demographic. It could be you.

Me, I'd still like to see those figures heading out to sea from Liverpool, as so many did in other times by other means, heading for America, perhaps some of my ancestors among them.

For the next week, listen again to Radio 4's Mark Lawson interviewing Antony Gormley about One And Other.

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