22 June 2006
Alison Lapper Pregnant
Marc Quinn’s statue of the artist Alison Lapper currently occupies the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. Originally intended for a statue of King William IV (1830-37) which was never made, the plinth remained empty until recent years. It is now used to showcase outstanding examples of modern sculpture.
Although the statue may appear is a shade incongruous resting as it does in a square overshadowed by Nelson’s column and accompanied by an equestrian statue of one of our poorer monarchs and a pair of forgotten 19th century generals it remains a work of outstanding power and beauty.
It will be replaced next year by another statue. I hope that it finds a good home in a major public gallery when it leaves Trafalgar Square.
THe photograpsh were taken this afternoon. I will post some more shortly on Plant Porn and Pussycats