Antony Gormley invites people to be living monuments on Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth

By Culture24 Staff | 26 February 2009
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One and Other, image courtesy of the artist and Tristan Simmonds

A Nationwide project by leading British artist Antony Gormley is offering members of the public the chance to be a living monument on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

One & Other will run for 100 days from July 6 to October 14 and will involve 2,400 people mounting the podium for an hour each where they can perform, demonstrate or simply reflect.

If you want to take part you can register your interest today at www.oneandother.co.uk and formal applications can be submitted from April 29.

“It’s about people coming together to do something extraordinary and unpredictable. It could be tragic but it could also be funny,” said Antony Gormley.

“The idea is very simple. Through putting a person onto the plinth, the body becomes a metaphor, a symbol. In the context of Trafalgar Square with its military, valedictory and male historical statues, this elevation of everyday life to the position formerly occupied by monumental art allows us to reflect on the diversity, vulnerability and particularly of the individual in contemporary society.”

A picture of the empty plinth in trafalgar square

The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square

The participants will be chosen at random and a different person will take their place on the plinth everyday, 24 hours a day, to represent themselves, their families or their communities.

Ekow Eshun, Chair of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, said: “One and Other is an outstanding idea – a bold, arresting work that reflects on the multifaceted nature of modern Britain.”

The project is being produced by Artichoke as part of the 2009 Sky Arts Artichoke Season and viewers will be able to watch real time footage of the plinth throughout the project at the One and Other website.

The National Gallery will also host a live link into the gallery from the plinth and is planning a programme of events around the project funded by the Arts Council.

“This remarkable project values the multiplicity of voices within the UK. Antony Gormley will provide a platform for hundreds of people from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to stand up and take their places amongst the luminaries in Trafalgar Square,” added Moira Sinclair, Executive Director of the Arts Council England.

Go to www.oneandother.co.uk for more information or to register your interest in the Fourth Plinth project.

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