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Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Antony Gormley has officially opened the application process to members of the public who wish to stand on the fourth plinth of London’s Trafalgar Square, as part of his new artwork One & Other.

Every hour, 24 hours a day, for 100 days without a break, 2,400 different people will be able to occupy the plinth, and do whatever they like on it, as long as it’s legal.

“This is about, in some way, challenging the idea that only some people, people who are heroes or have served for their country, have the right to occupy plinths,” says Gormley.

According to the Guardian, 22,000 people have registered their interest so far. Which begs the question, what will people do with their hour as a living statue?

There will be the piss-takers; the dressing up enthusiasts; those who see it as a platform for showing off singing, acting or clowning talents; the campaigners; and, probably, a great deal of normal people who get up there with a book or an iPod, and simply wait it out, keen to simply become part of London’s artistic landscape for a while. At least, I hope that is the case.

But most, if not all, media coverage of the event will be given over to the outrageous: the nearly naked, the crazy, those with an incredible story to tell, and many other moments that are impossible to predict. It will be interesting to see if it really does represent a cross section of British society.

Antony Gormley’s One & Other will replace Thomas Schütte’s sculpture Model for a Hotel on 6 July 2009, and will be broadcast live on oneandother.co.uk and on the Sky Arts website.

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For once, I agree with Jonathan Jones: The new public art commission in south east England, dubbed the Angel of the South, is a monstrosity.

Angel of the South

Mark Wallinger: Ebbsfleet Landmark Project (Angel of the South)

Costing £2m, Mark Wallinger’s giant white horse will be approximately 164ft (50m) tall – twice as big as its counterpart, the Angel of the North, which was designed by Antony Gormley and completed in 1998. The BBC announced today that former Turner Prize winner Wallinger’s design for the southern sculpture had been selected from a shortlist of three.
Out of Order

Richard Deacon: Individual

The other two artists were Daniel Buren and Richard Deacon.

Why they didn’t choose Deacon is beyond me. Although the white horse is an ancient symbol of Kent, Richard Deacon’s organic forms would have rivalled Gormley’s 
powerful sculpture in a way that Wallinger’s horse cannot.

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