Gormley’s One and Other Traf Square project….

Fancy ‘being’ a feature for an art installation (for one hour) on the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square. They are looking for people from all over the UK to take up their place in a continual installation between 6 July – 14 October…

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  • empire-home

    have signed up, sad i know

  • Brian Walker

    I think the previous attempts at occupying the fourth plinth have been failures. The little Jesus was quite moving but out of scale. The present twist of coloured plastic is hopeless. The problem is that the design and shape of Trafalgar Square is ineradicably military, imperial and triumphal and no modern ( or post-modern) symbolism seems to fit. I’m not against more experiments, but sooner or later, the plinth should be permanently filled. I’m surprised that the push for a Mandela statue failed, given that the South African High Commission bounds one side of the square. But we haven’t quite run out of military heroes. So given the surprising and continuing great interest in WW2, I think the best solution would be the new statue of Keith Park, the Battle of Britain area commander, though I myself would give it to overall commander, the taciturn Hugh Dowding, whom Churchill sidelined after the battle was won. It looks pretty good in this picture. Keith Park in the Square would seal off the commemoration of Britain’s worldwide military role, which is now consigned to history.

    http://forum.planetalk.net/viewtopic.php?t=7103&sid=ccfdf3d804ef107e501b75b587baf5f9

  • joeCanuck

    Mandela was (is) certainly an important figure. But there are others more noted.
    How about that Brit/South African/Indian Ghandi?

  • empire-home

    I would tend to agree with Joe, Ghandi was in a league of his own, but he would look so lost up there i could only imagine him as small figure sitting on the edge feet dangling watching whats going on, not lording it over the square.
    My suggestion would be a Maori Chief in full costume signing the treaty of Waitangi, sorta sums up the whole Empire era, usually good intentions but mixed results.

  • Reader

    Brian Walker: I think the best solution would be the new statue of Keith Park, the Battle of Britain area commander, though I myself would give it to overall commander, the taciturn Hugh Dowding
    Alanbrooke, or a Gurkha, or a Tommy.

  • Brian Walker

    Alanbrooke, Montgomery and Alexander are already outside the MOD, as I admit, is Dowdingm which may explain why Park is the candidate for the plinth.

  • Mick Fealty

    e-h,

    Let us know if/when you a time slot?