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London Artist Puts Volunteers on a Pedestal

Do you ever feel like everyone is watching you? You may not be as paranoid as you think, at least not if you're one of the 8,760 lucky folks selected to be a part of artist Antony Gormley's proposed plan … Read More

By / January 10, 2008

Do you ever feel like everyone is watching you? You may not be as paranoid as you think, at least not if you're one of the 8,760 lucky folks selected to be a part of artist Antony Gormley's proposed plan for London's "Fourth Plinth" — an empty pedestal in Trafalgar Square with a changing exhibition of statues and installations. If Gormley's plan is selected, volunteers from all walks of life will be chosen to grace the plinth for one hour each, over the course of 2009. Once on the pedestal, they're free to do whatever they like.

"I'm sure we'll get a wide range of wackiness but I have this image of somebody coming from Pinner, clutching their handbag and standing in the breeze for an hour, not doing anything at all, and that being very valuable," says Gormley. Interested? See, you're not paranoid, just attention hungry.

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