Is it a bird, is it a plane? no it's Adam Lyal (deceased) and his JCB

Is it a bird, is it a plane? no it's Adam Lyal (deceased) and his JCB


In YW’s bizarrest story yet, we bring you a Halloween Special story in three episodes:

What do you get if you mix a JCB, a monk, and a vampire? Answer: an hour’s worth of 4th Plinth material. We think an explanation is in order…

See: Episode 2 , Episode 3
Location: Trafalgar Square London, UK
Date: 21st August 2009, 9am
Problem: Three of four plinths in Trafalgar Square have large statues devoted to the great and good of Britain’s past. The fourth has always been empty.
Solution: Artist Anthony Gormely dreams up the idea of letting anyone fill the vacant spot for an hour. One hundred days long, this experiment in free expression, means 2400 people get to expose their talents (and some exposed more than the organisers bargained for!), and they can do almost anything.

Places were allocated by a lottery to online registered visitors to the www.oneandother.co.uk website. Given the popularity of the event, there was only a one in twelve chance of being selected. Our friends at www.witcherytours.com were drawn, and partly because Yellowwheels wasn’t, but mostly because the whole idea is totally barmey, we offered to chauffeur our ghostly ghouls to the Square, for their 60 minutes of fame.

We chauffeured them in our stately yellowmobile from Paddington station to the Trafalgar Hotel for a breakfast bite. If you think it’s a bit bright outside for a vampire, let us explain that this is Adam Lyal (deceased) and not some fanged Transylvanian. Highwayman Adam Lyal terrified the Scottish suburbs many moons ago, relieving traveling folk of their trinkets, and leaving them a bit frazzled, or even plain dead.

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You could do anything for 60 minutes on the 4th Plinth. Clearly this guy did zilch!

You could do anything for 60 minutes on the 4th Plinth. Clearly this guy did zilch!


Refreshed and ready to wow the world (and after signing a wad of disclaimers in a cavernous portacabin) our caped, living statue was ushered into the jaws of an appropriately yellow JCB mechanical loader. (you can see where this is going…!) supported but not accompanied by his ever present mad monk sidekick (only one person allowed on plinth with no exceptions for reclusive clergy).

Driven at a funereal pace, and now elevated to new heights, the way was only blocked by placid pigeons and the current holder of the fort, or plinth. Participants exchanged looks, greetings and places: this was more school gate than checkpoint Charlie. Now installed, A.Lyal, aka Robin Mitchell, was not going to freeze like a bronze, but gushed out a stream of names of former players of the part and many other facts and stories. You could do anything on the plinth, and Robin wasn’t going to miss his chance to promote his company’s scary walking tours of Edinburgh; nor was YW going to miss a unique photo opportunity.

Suddenly the hour was up, but not before Adam Lyal had remotely tortured bystanders with thumbscrews and ebayed Anthony the plastic rat, live for 300 UKPounds…whatever next?!

Videos are worth a million stories, and photos 5 words; so see our visual record of an incredible hour and a bit.

Come back next week for episode 2 of 3, same place, same channel same time.

See: Episode 2 , Episode 3

Look into my eyes, not around the eyes...you will be in a trance

Look into my eyes, not around the eyes...you will be in a trance

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