One & Other - WikipediaThe first person to officially occupy the plinth was Rachel Wardell from Lincolnshire. The Wellcome Trust has posted online at its website its series of oral-history interviews of the plinthers. The project was opened by the Mayor of London , Boris Johnson. Minutes before the official launch Stuart Holmes, an anti-smoking protester, managed to clamber onto the plinth and displayed a banner calling for a ban on tobacco. He did so and descended in the cherry picker used to carry participants to and from the plinth. Members of the public could apply for an hour on the plinth via the project's website.
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Randomly selected from 35, applicants, they gave lessons in gymnastics and swing dance, they dressed as chimps, werewolves, kings, robots and Buzz Lightyear, they stripped naked or dressed in drag. They engaged in frequently woeful performance art, notably the man devoted to symbolising the life cycle by growing broccoli in a compost of his own excrement, eating the vegetable, excreting it, and repeating ad nauseam. A woman pleaded movingly, by proxy, from death row in Texas. A man articulated his theory that our planet is secretly controlled by dogs. A voice for the voiceless. For the philosopher Alphonso Lingis, it was an apotheosis of the 1. Several writers thought the artwork was about communality; for the anthropologist Hugh Brody, however, it was precisely about individuality.
Over a period of days from July to October , 2, people stood on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square for one hour. They were free to do as they chose during this period in the spotlight. Nobody could predict what would happen or the scale of the response. Many thousands applied for the 2, slots and candidates were selected randomly. Millions watched the events as they were all filmed and available online. Hundreds of thousands continued to turn to the website long after the project itself was finished. The event was a phenomenon, which we are grappling to understand.
I am proposing to spend the hour reading an early Penguin Edition probably the first Penguin book ever issued while sitting on my Penguin deck chair, wearing a Penguin T-shirt and drinking coffee or perhaps champagne - if allowed! What I plan to do is in process: one idea is to mimic sculpture poses of the past, like the Thinker and the Kiss. It's brilliant. Reckon I'm going to cut my hair, just got back from 10 months in South America so it's quite long and stupid and i'm going to need to go for job interviews and stuff so it has to go Also have a packet of jelly babies to try and sweeten up the crowd.
He has put figures everywhere: gazing out to sea at Crosby Beach, stranded in the dry expanse of Western Australia, sitting atop sky scrapers in Manhattan, outstretched beside the A1 motorway and living and breathing on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. The idea was simple, every hour for consecutive days and nights people took to the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square for one hour each to dance, protest, undress, sing or simply do nothing. Produced by Artichoke. After the project had been going for nearly 10 years, I was approached again and this time I thought that perhaps there was a way of turning the plinth to another purpose. What does a plinth imply? So I started thinking about how I could use that idea in a democratic world in which we recognise that everybody has moments of heroic fortitude and everyone is worthy of being thought of as an example, an example of what a human being can be and do. To begin with I thought about the commission in the manner of that question, how many people can you get inside an old telephone box?