Thursday, July 9, 2009

Regular Schmoes Become Living Monuments

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A special monument in London is really coming alive for passers-by.

Artist Antony Gormley is using the empty Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square, a pillar that usually holds statues of generals and kings, to display people who British citizens can really identify with – random commoners – for an installation called One&Other.

Every hour, 24 hours a day for 100 days, a different person will take the Plinth and do whatever they like on it as an expression of art.

So far, “plinthers,” as participants are called, have read people’s personal notes aloud through a bullhorn, drawn the view from the Plinth in a sketchbook, and blown a balloon every minute and let it go into the air for charity.

The installation allows people to become an image of themselves and also represent humanity as a whole.

Though it’s been a great experience for most participants, some have complained that hecklers have done their best to ruin it for them.

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