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Antony Gormley’s ‘One & Other’ recycles Warhol

August 25, 2009
Antony Gormley’s ‘One & Other’ recycles Warhol
             

Plinth 2 Peter Macdiarmid Getty Images

 

The art phenomenon of the summer is Antony Gormley’s “One & Other,” a round-the-clock project for 100 days in London’s Trafalgar Square. Ordinary people, randomly chosen, are invited to spend an hour atop a monumental granite pedestal, while Admiral Lord Nelson and King George IV strut their bronze stuff nearby.

 

Erected in 1841 and originally intended for an equestrian statue of William IV, the plinth was empty until 1999, when artists began to install temporary projects. Gormley’s is the latest.

Like the tryouts for “American Idol” (or maybe “Britain’s Got Talent”), the current project is yet one more artist’s riff on Andy Warhol’s dusty 40-year-old dictum that “In the future everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” (If you want to get really cobwebby about it, all the world’s a stage too.) The future has arrived.

And it’s not especially pretty. I can’t say what it’s like in person, but whenever I tune into the live streaming broadcast of the piece, I can’t help but notice just how, well, how puny Mr. and Ms. Great Britain look up there on that gigantic hunk of stone-block. It’s a scale problem. The plinth was designed for a monumental sculpture, many times larger than life, in a grand public space. A poor bag of ordinary flesh-and-bones just can’t measure up.

Read more at: Los Angeles Times’ Antony Gormley’s ‘One & Other’ recycles Warhol 

 

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