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Monday, January 02, 2006

A different slant on Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is the place where thousand upon thousands of people go to vomit in the fountains on New Year's Eve, but there is one corner of this public space that has a fascinating story. There are several statues in the square, but there is also a plinth that has been empty for years and years. In fact, it was empty since 1841 until a few years ago when it was decided to offer the space to exciting new art, rotated every few months, and now pieces have been commissioned for it. You can read about the project here.

The current statue is a nude of the pregnant, disabled artist Alison Lapper. It caused quite a stir when it was unveiled, but as you can see it now shares the pleasure of most pieces of art.... it is ignored by all. I hope it does not offend you, but if it does, ask yourself - why?

posted by Ham at 18:38 -- Comments here: 2

Comments on "A different slant on Trafalgar Square"


Blogger San Francisco Daily Photo said ... (22:06) : 

Very interesting, I learned a few things today again! Thanks!

And happy new year!


Blogger Michael said ... (06:23) : 

Excellent photo and angle. Thanks for this Ham!


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