This is my blatant call to artists to use the Fourth Plinth â€“ particularly with respect to bringing fresh ways of exploring social issues in what you could argue is the countryâ€™s most central space of debate â€“ Trafalgar Square. Iâ€™m not at all sure I want to see myself as the Linda Snell of the RSA but I have a similar yearning for public performance and spectacle â€“ but by artists!
Go to www.oneandother.co.uk and press the â€œRegister your interestâ€ button.
Itâ€™s interesting to see that Antony Gormleyâ€™s Fourth Plinth project is rapidly becoming a lobbying prospect. The idea of using the plinth as a site for contemporary art was initiated by the RSA , no mean feat as it turned out and we learned a lot about the complexity and the ambiguities of the word â€œpublicâ€ with respect to both public space and public art.
William Shaw will shortly be interviewing Bob & Roberta Smith for the website. His idea for the Plinth was shown at the National Gallery last year â€“ very much referencing environmental issues, as does his current work at TATEâ€™s Altermodern exhibition. I went round this yesterday. Bob is having a weekly conversation with the showâ€™s curator Nicholas Bourriard and then makes a new work replacing the previous weekâ€™s piece. This latest work addresses climate change and as ever his work debunks â€“ it puts the public into art with no affectation and no patronising â€“ with a directness that is exhilarating.
Go to RSA Arts & Ecology