Rupert Christiansen, the Telegraph‘s art critic, went to Trafalgar Square last night at 9pm to see how the fourth plinth art project–One & the Other–was faring:
On the Fourth Plinth, stood 21-year-old Toni Goldsmith, a hairdresser. Wearing a t-shirt emblazoned ‘I am a living work of art’, she was dancing around aimlessly and blowing bubbles. There was only one person watching her – me. Not one other person in the square was paying her witless activity a second’s attention.
I fear that within nine hours the Fourth Plinth has already become a bore. The only way to enliven it would be to replace ‘ordinary people’ with hardened criminals or teenage vandals, who could be chained to the Plinth and exposed to an hour of public vilification.
I am not altogether joking.