ARTIST Antony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth experiment comes to an end today and will probably be remembered for the loss of the great British reserve as the living artworks flashed the flesh in public.
Gormley had predicted there may be a possibility that some “plinthers” may seize the opportunity to go naked, but many of the 2,400 hour-long slots since the event began have seen people shed their clothes.
Even in the dying days of the event, the boundaries have been pushed further. A plinther who called herself Lady Godiva somehow dodged the blaze of publicity but conducted her entire session on the plinth completely naked but for a pair of knee-length boots.
She was even transported on to the 10ft high structure without clothes and did her pre-plinth interview in the nude. In true Godiva style, she rode a steed, although in her case it was a child’s rocking horse.
Many of the other unclothed performers have undressed during their pre-arranged time on the block in London’s Trafalgar Square.
During the 100-day span of the artwork, called One And Other, participants have chosen to undertake a variety of different approaches.
Some have adopted fancy dress, some have skipped around or danced to fill the time, others have sat bored for 60 minutes and many have highlighted chosen causes during their moment in the spotlight.
Plinthers have asked for jobs, dressed as faeces, set up tents and climbed in and out of a filing cabinet.