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The view from the Fourth Plinth

Jason Clark on the Plinth
Jason Clark was the second person to spend an hour on the Plinth

Jason Clark, 41, an NHS nurse from Brighton, was the second person to stand on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth as part of Antony Gormley's One and Other.

Mr Clarke, who planned to "stand around, take some photographs and read a book of Roger McGough's poetry" told the BBC what it was like to spend time as a 'living statue'.

If I had to give myself a title, I'd call myself 'Ordinary Man on a Plinth'.


My expectation was simply to occupy the space, but as this being the first day I felt there was a bit of pressure on myself to perform. Would people be disappointed with me just standing there? But as it was, I think people saw that as quite interesting.

I've had some very good feedback about it. People are free to do whatever they want and everyone seemed happy with me doing just that.

Antony told me he was very pleased, that I was very good. Part of his expectation was a chance for people to be ordinary and it was great that I took that opportunity just to stand there.

All I kept thinking was 'I hope it doesn't rain!' Luckily, it held off until the last five minutes so I did quite well.

'Strangely anonymous'

It's actually quite serene up there. You can hear the noise from the Square, but there aren't any individual voices to listen to, and you are able to look down on all of the commotion. It was a really calm experience.

Cherry picker
A cherry picker brought him back down to earth after 60 minutes

Being one of 2,400 people to take part in this felt very anonymous, but standing in a public square was strangely anonymous as well.

The press know who I am because they have hand-outs, but to the general public, who arrived during the last half-an-hour, I was just some strange man standing on the plinth.

They were coming over to read the sign to see what it was all about.

There's a very good view from the plinth, and one that you don't get to see very often. It was a unique opportunity to take photographs of what was going on around me.

From the ground the statues in the Square look enormous, but from up there, from that perspective, it did seem as if I was similar size.

When I went up I didn't plan to be a living statue, just to stand in one position, it was about occupying the plinth, so I was happy to wave to everyone. It was nice to have a big group of schoolchildren waving at me, and seeing them get interested in art.

The fact I was standing on a plinth, the focus of attention, made it feel like I was a work of art, but I didn't feel particularly artistic during my hour.

I think that one hour in isolation doesn't particularly make it art, but the collective 2,400 collective hours and getting a representation of the UK at the moment does.




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