Friday, September 4, 2009

The 2400

Word for the day: Plinth - the base or platform upon which a column, pedestal, statue, monument or structure rests.

The 4th Plinth in Trafalger Square was built in 1841 but no statue, monument, or structure was ever put on it. Since 1999 it has been used to display contemporary art. If you're interested in the past, present, and future displays on the plinth, check out the Fourth Plinth website.

The contemporary art on display right now is the brainchild of Antony Gormley, whose exhibition consists of a different person standing on the plinth every hour for 100 days (that would be 2400 people all together). The people are selected at random (sorry, registration closed on September 1), and can do anything they want, so long as it's legal. A live stream of the current participant can be seen on OneAndOther. (Ralph was on when I was writing this).

WARNING: this is a LIVE UNFILTERED STREAM AND PEOPLE CAN DO ANYTHING THEY WANT (which may Not be Suitable For Work). For example, as the BBC reports:

A naked man has thrown himself off the fourth plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.
The man had earlier thrown down a pair of inflatable sex dolls before stripping and hurling himself into the safety net which surrounds the plinth.
He also took a live chicken on to the plinth which had to be rescued by security staff after the man, who called himself Gunter, ran away.

Gunter, apparently the seventh person so far to have stripped on the plinth, has set a pretty high bar.

All the participants are recorded and can be viewed later. You can watch Gunter if you like (NSFW).

BBC (via Fark)
And the BBC Again
Antony Gormley
Fourth Plinth
OneAndOther (the project website)

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