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Alison Lapper statue: Your comments
Alison Lapper

A 12ft statue of the artist Alison Lapper has been unveiled on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth. Read a selection of your comments below.


The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:

The statue is brilliant
Bridget, Chatham, England
I think the statue is brilliant. Disability is something which shouldn't be hidden away or be ashamed of. Good for Alison. Shame on all those people who are against it. Perhaps they should open their eyes.
Bridget, Chatham, England

The statue itself is largely irrelevant, as a piece of art it is mediocre at best. What is relevant is the location. This spot should have been used to display an individual who has done great deeds for the country, a British hero. Which, with the greatest of respect, the current subject is not. Whoever made this decision is being controversial for controversy's sake and should be roundly condemned.
Tom, Edinburgh, Scotland

Obviously everybody is entitled to their opinion but I disagree with those who criticise the choice. I think it's a wonderful piece. It says so much about so many people and it also shows that life goes on.
Iain, Barnes, London

This sculpture is of life overcoming all the oddse
J. Kiros, Houston, TX
I think it's a beautiful sculpture that inspires thinking and may just inspire others to open their minds and accept that being disabled doesn't mean you should be disqualified, even from art. This sculpture is of life overcoming all the odds.
J. Kiros, Houston, TX

The work is bourgeois and parochial. The subject is held up by the artist as a stick with which to beat the supposedly ignorant masses. I've never seen a more dull or moralising piece of work, it is indicative of a severe lack of artistic imagination and creativity.
Burner, UK

OK for an art gallery but not for a public square
William Howe, London

I think it is great. For too long Trafalgar Square has been linked to the taking of life and war. It is good to see a statue of some waiting to have a baby - bringing life not taking it!! Long may it remain.
Andrew, Birmingham

I'd like to see her statue find a permanent spot
Rebecca Young, expat Londoner, Manchester, UK
It's wonderful to see an image of a strong, beautiful woman being given the attention it deserves, for once. Disability disregarded, the UK's young women have a great role model in Ms Lapper, and for that alone I'd like to see her statue find a permanent spot somewhere in my home city.
Rebecca Young, expat Londoner, Manchester, UK

Still say the empty plinth should have a giant stone pigeon. Let's remember Trafalgar Square itself. Pigeons are no longer welcome in the square but will always form a happy memory for children all over London.
Ian Grimley, London

Why does the only statue of a woman in the square have to be so weak and dependant - naked and heavily pregnant? There are plenty of women who went into making this country great and deserve to be represented next to the military greats - the suffragettes for a start.
A. Barnett, London, UK

I thoroughly agree with all those who commissioned this piece of art. It's beautiful, it's based on a truly inspiring woman, and it represents women, disability and motherhood. What more could you ask for?
Heather Grant, London

Any criticism of execution of this statue is redundant - it is about the subject. It should be there permanently, to remind the majority non-disabled public that we are people as much as they are. No-one decries the Venus De Milo, a statue Alison has also imitated in her own work, so why decry this?
Chris Page, Letchworth, UK

How refreshing to see a disabled person just getting on with life
Simon Brooks, Hatfield
Congratulations on whoever decided to take this decision. How refreshing to see a disabled person just getting on with life. I think this statue will show the able bodied that disability does not mean you can't live a full and rewarding life.
Simon Brooks, Hatfield

I have seen a recent documentary about Alison and her life and her courage, which I have to say amazes me. How many other people would have coped with her disability in the same way? Not many I reckon. Well done to Alison's sculpture, her guts and determination could shame us all.
Carol Ferrie, Alexandria

I think the artist may have failed to notice that the central figure in Trafalgar Square is a sculpture of a disabled person. Under-represented?
Jake Wagg, Wantage, UK

The statue doesn't do justice to the subject and has little sympathy for its surroundings - thankfully it's not a permanent fixture!
Duncan, Oxford, UK

I find its location totally inappropriate for Trafalgar Square. The square is dedicated to a disabled Naval captain who saved Britain from invasion. No offence, but what has Alison done for the country?
Andy, UK

I think it is excellent. The work itself is great but I think the Mayor and the committee he created should be applauded for using the empty plinth to display a wide variety of art and get the UK public thinking. The sculpture a while ago of a mans head resting on a book with a tree growing over him was one of the most amazing I have seen and lent some real vibrancy to the square.
Guy Marson, London, UK

Congratulations to those brave enough to challenge us
David Harper, Bradford, Yorkshire
If it's getting people hot under the collar, then it's doing exactly what art ought to do. Too many politicians and ordinary folk are scared to confront the extraordinary, and the intelligent should be happy to be taken out of their 'comfort zones'. Congratulations to those brave enough to challenge us.
David Harper, Bradford, Yorkshire

I think it is fantastic. While women are under-represented in terms of statues around Great Britain, disabled people are swept under the carpet and forgotten. The only figures we seem to celebrate are male and have a military background!! For once let's celebrate a woman for whom every day tasks are a battle. Alison should be very, very proud.
Kate, London

I don't have a great problem with it. But people who accuse the new statue of being 'political' must also accept the fact that Trafalgar Square itself was an entirely political idea.
Will Parker, Newport, South Wales

I've nothing against Alison Lapper, but the statue is in the most inappropriate place. Trafalgar Square is for what it's meant, to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar. In this particular year, there's only one candidate for the fourth plinth....Vice Admiral Collingwood, who was Nelson's second in command. But if you want to bring anybody's attention to the plight of the disabled, and how they cope with their disability, who better than Nelson himself to put over the message?
G. Ireland, Birkenhead, UK

All involved in this project should be applauded. Wonderful!
Steve Clarke, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater, Somerset

Is this the lady whose son is followed each year on Child of Our Time, with Robert Winston? Good for her! Without seeing the statue myself, the idea of it is great, and as this BBC report shows, will definitely get people thinking, which is what art's supposed to be all about.
NB, Newcastle, England

I think it's fantastic - a beautiful sculpture of a beautiful woman - an image always worthy of celebration.
Jo, Kent

I think it is grotesque. This is not meant as a slur on Alison, but on the piece of work itself.
Rita Hollis, Shepton Mallet, Great Britain






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