Never mind some housewife lobbing balloons off of the Fourth Plinth, this is the kind of blow-up action we’re interested in

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We’re not sure about this Anthony Gormley Fourth Plinth thing. It seems like what could have been a deeply artistic and (more importantly) pretty-to-look-at thing has been hijacked by that singularly British phenomenon: having to make a point.

The backstory for those who don’t know what a plinth is, let alone a fourth plinth, is that in glittering London’s Trafalgar Square – much beloved of the nation and extremely high profile – there stands a plinth. While the other three plinths in the square have a statue on them – you know, kings and that sort of thing – there is one that has never been filled.

Of recent, modern sculptors have been given the opportunity to fill the plinth, the latest of which is Anthony Gormley off-of Angel of the North, that big aeroplane-type angel that stands over a motorway as you drive into North (it’s a place up from London that we try not to go to).

His idea is to have a new real life human being stand on the plinth every hour, twenty-four hours a day from now until October… All very well, you think. It’ll be someone who can do a really good yoga position or a ballet dancer or something AMAZING. Right? Wrong, unfortch.

A lot of the applicants want to ‘bring attention to ____’. Fill in the gap yourself. Yep, instead of just wanting to do something amazing, they are doing it all for charity. It’s a national flaw.

The relevance of the picture of a man with a balloon from the fantastic Fantasticsmag site is that there’s some housewife going on the plinth – maybe she’s been and gone by now – to throw balloons. To highlight… something and nothing.

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3 comments to “Never mind some housewife lobbing balloons off of the Fourth Plinth, this is the kind of blow-up action we’re interested in”

  1. Crop-tops. Just say no.

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  2. they forgot to say HONEY WHATS THIS…..? I miss those days lol

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  3. Oh I miss those days too!!! Let’s start a campaign to get Honey What’s This? back…!!!

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