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Architect joins Gormley’s Trafalgar Square project

Tim Bushe of Walker Bushe Architects has been selected to stand for an hour in public on 16 July as part of Antony Gormley’s occupation of the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square

Bushe said: ‘I am one of 2400 randomly selected people (one of only 68 from London) involved in an event that takes place over 100 days this summer, one person an hour, 24 hours a day. This space is normally reserved for kings and generals but Gormley wants the plinth to be a stage for ‘all of humanity in an image of themselves’.

‘I’m going to use my hour to promote a very worthy cause, the ‘HFT’ charity.

‘I will draw a continuous 360 degree sketch of my view of the square in 40 minutes and will auction the drawing on Ebay after the event to raise additional money for HFT.

‘This charity has provided a supportive home for my youngest sister and hundreds of other people like her with learning difficulties.’

Gormley’s project began yesterday (6 July); the first person to stand on the plinth was Rachel Wardell, 35, who described herself as ‘an ordinary stay-at-home mum’.

The artist said of his project: ‘Through elevation onto the plinth, and removal from the common ground, the body becomes a metaphor, a symbol… In the context of Trafalgar Square with its military, valedictory and male historical statues to specific individuals, this elevation of everyday life to the position formerly occupied by monumental art allows us to reflect on the diversity, vulnerability and particularity of the individual in contemporary society. It could be tragic but it could also be funny.’

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