Making an exhibition of yourself

15Oct09

Well, the fourth plinth project has come to an end. For those of you who’ve missed it, the whole thing was either an exercise to questioning the boundaries of art or or a whole bunch of punters being silly on a block.

 The Fourth Plinth

The Fourth Plinth

Personally I loved it. I’m a big fan of public art anyway, but we have plenty of static statues in London. Here was a chance for people who normally wouldn’t get up on stage really get their teeth into a performance in one of the most public venues around.

I went down a couple of times and the best thing about it for me was the crowd reaction; there were always 20 or 30 people ready to engage with the performer and each other, crack jokes, take the piss, and generally have a laugh.

 A few people on the plinth used the opportunity to make a serious political point. But most just did something daft for the crowds. And it got everyone saying ‘plinthes’ a lot more, which can only be a good thing.

One of the Plinthers (image taken from www.guardian.co.uk)

One of the Plinthers (image taken from http://www.guardian.co.uk)

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