Forth plinth art installation entertains crowds
by Natasha Hickman
on: Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Art, politics, music and dancing combined to take raise awareness of the Music Fund for Cuba with a whole new audience on Monday night.
Music Fund supporter Alan Fitter spent an hour on Trafalgar Square's forth plinth to promote the Music Fund for Cuba and raise awareness of the CSC Miami 5 campaign.More than 200 people listened and danced to the live Cuban band playing below Music Fund and CSC supporters waved Cuban flags and handed out leaflets.
"I think this is so exciting to be here this evening, we've got art, the whole cultural experience mixed with politics and everybody in the square is having a really great time", commented Adrian Weir from SERTUC's international committee.
Reflecting on his experiences on the plinth, Alan Fitter said:
"I think we made a bit of a splash in the square and hopefully my hour up there would have helped spread the word.
"To look down and see the banners, the flags and the CSC supporters was very uplifting and moving; add to that the amazing band and a good time seemed to be had by all.
"My friends and family were very impressed at the turnout and the atmosphere - I think we made our mark!"
"I watched some of it on-line when I got home and it's really surreal seeing myself up there - almost an out of body experience!"
Alan's hour on the plinth was part of sculptor Antony Gormley's 100 day One & Other installation in Trafalgar Square this summer. Every hour, 24 hours a day, for 100 days without a break, a different person makes the Plinth their own.
Watch Alan’s hour on the plinth live – the last 20 minutes is dedicated to the Music Fund for Cuba.