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One & Other

  • Date: 7 September 2009
  • Artform: None
  • Area: London
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Antony Gormley, the man behind The Angel of the North, was behind the creation of an astonishing living monument that placed the people of the UK on the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Every hour, 24 hours a day, for 100 days without a break, a different person occupied the Plinth - a space normally reserved for statues of kings and generals. Participants were picked at random, chosen from the thousands who applied from right across the country - an uninterrupted succession of 2,400 volunteers who helped to create a unique portrait of the UK in the 21st century.

The Fourth Plinth commission was a partnership between the London office of Arts Council England and the Mayor of London to enhance the vision of Trafalgar Square as a vibrant public space and to encourage debate about the place and value of contemporary public art. Since its inception in 2003, we have invested over £320,000 in the public and schools programme that accompanies the commissions.

One & Other was produced by Artichoke, one of our regularly funded organisations, responsible for bringing The Sultan’s Elephant to the streets of London in 2006, and produced both the London/New York Telectroscope and La Machine – better known as the Liverpool Spider.

Live action of One & Other was streamed 24 hours a day to a project website, sponsored by Sky Arts, who also produced a weekly broadcast from the Square, with a round up of the week’s action.