THE FORTH PLINTH
WHO OR WHAT WOULD YOU PUT ON A PLINTH?
A plinth, like a stage, can change how we look at things it might even have the power to transform something into a work of art.
There are four large stone plinths in Trafalgar Square in London, three plinths are home to permanent statues of historical figures but the Fourth Plinth was for many years left empty. In 2003 The Royal Society of Arts and the Mayor of London initiated a programme commissioning contemporary artists to make artworks for the Fourth Plinth and thus far the plinth has hosted amongst other things; a Bronze Horse Skeleton, a Giant Blue Chicken and a Ship in Bottle.
Inspired by the works shown on the Fourth Plinth artist Hans K Clausen has built a 1:2 scale replica, North Edinburgh’s very own FORTH PLINTH. It brings an empty classical plinth into the community to generate some playful dialogue and debate about public art in North Edinburgh and to raise questions about what part art has in defining our communities and out histories.
The FORTH PLINTH was part of a fun day in West Pilton Park in 2016 where, inspired by items from dressing-up box, members of the public were invited to pose as statues or create tableaus (motionless scenes depicting a story) on the plinth … the pictures of the resulting art works paint a thousand words!