Friday, May 30, 2008

The art work formally known as Plinth

The new Lord Mayor of London has threatened to cancel the Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth programme and replace the series of contemporary art projects with a bronze sculpture of a war hero. Unfortunately the current lack-lustre plinth effort by artist Thomas Schütte won’t help those arguing for the programme continuing. Will our own copy-cat version of the plinth project come under similar attack? Our Minister of the Arts rushed across the Tasman only a few months ago to dedicate a bronze soldier on a plinth. New Zealand’s top soldier statue sculptor, Alan Somerville, is no doubt pacing the floor, waiting for the phone to ring.
Images: Plinths in Trafalgar Square, right sculpture by Thomas Schütte