1st August 2009. One and Other.

This came via E mail today.


We are laughing our heads off here as OLD FART has been chosen for a spot on the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Yes between 1-2 am wednesday 10th September 2009.

Only OLD FART could be chosen for such an auspicious time and day for an arty farty event.

By day, the appreciative crowds have clapped, cheered, and encouraged the performers on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth. Television crews have filmed them, tourists have stared at British eccentricity, and art aficionados, fresh from the National Gallery, debate the true meaning of the Antony Gormley installation.

But after dark – when the crowds are replaced by a few passing stag parties and the obligatory gaggle of barefooted girls carrying their stilettos – the plinth is a grimmer place.

It is a lonely vigil at Gormley’s living portrait of Britain as – enduring more drunken abuse than artistic appreciation – a few take the stage, brave the dark and the rain and simply try to get through their performance unscathed.

He tells us that if his health holds up and he gets the support of certain folk he has a plan?

One & Other

His e mail reads.

Congratulations OLD FART! You have been chosen to take part in One & Other – Antony Gormley’s extraordinary live monument due for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Your name has been selected at random from the many thousands who entered the draw – you are one of just 2,400 people who will each take their place on the plinth for an hour, to create a living monument in a place that’s usually home to commemorative statues!

Your slot is 0100-0200 on Thu 10 September 2009. HA HA HA HA!!!

It is not possible to swap the time you’ve been allocated (though we’re sure you won’t want to lose it!). You may, however, decide not to accept it, in which case your name will remain in the draw until the end of the event, but of course there is no guarantee that you will be lucky enough to be allocated another place.

You must accept your place and create a personal profile within four days, or your place will automatically be offered to someone else.

Once you’ve created your profile, we’ll send you a welcome pack by post, which will tell you everything you need to know, as well as a dedicated email address for participants only which will allow you to contact a member of our team directly. We’ll also phone you at some point in the next couple of weeks to run through everything with you personally.

Thank you for taking part in this project, and many congratulations once again.

The One & Other team
One & Other is produced by Artichoke in partnership with Sky Arts

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