4th plinther Adam Lyal (deceased) aka Robin Mitchell + JCB

4th plinther Adam Lyal (deceased) aka Robin Mitchell + JCB


Episode 2 of 3 of our bizarre Trafalgar Square saga.
See: Episode 1 , Episode 3
Intro and recap
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…

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.

Click on thumbnails to get the full glorious story!
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Plinthing is a marvelous summer sport

Plinthing is a marvelous summer sport


There are a million things you could do for an hour on the 4th Plinth. Useful ones that come to mind are knitting, feeding the pigeons, plane spotting, sudoku. But our valiant crusader, stooped to lighten his load and extract a long carpet from a manky plastic bag. Was he setting up cardboard city ? No it turned out he was unfurling a gigantic banner with his tour company’s web address witcherytours.com for the webcam to glorify. We now feel gazumped; our yellowwheels ad is no more than A4 size, and it’s slipped under the lens…Never mind, he is here to entertain, and over the next hour proceeds to wow the crowds with tales of a dashing highwayman (a skint crook in a hurry), Victorian dragons (a plastic rat), Scottish engineering feats (a thumbscrew). But who are we to judge?

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 3 of 3, same place, same channel same time.

See: Episode 1 , Episode 3

a bright, beautiful summer's day in London

a bright, beautiful summer's day in London

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