Artist Gormley to put public on Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth
Angel of the North artist Anthony Gormley proposes to put the general public on display as art on the Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth. In a way it's not that far removed from some of his other works such as his work at BALTIC which saw him making casts of hundreds of local people for his piece Domain Field. Gormley is already going to be remembered forever for his iconic Angel of the North and his idea to populate the fourth plinth with real people doing what ever they want won't add much to his reputation but won't take much away either. He is already on the way to being loved.
If the artist has his way, one of the first people on the empty Trafalgar Square plinth could be the mayor. "The idea of Boris not having anything to say and simply standing there, with his hair blowing in the wind, and actually looking at the city that he's come to be the mayor of might be a very nice thing," said Antony Gormley.
Gormley was speaking today as it was announced that he and Yinka Shonibare had won the contest to be the next two contemporary artists to fill the fourth plinth.