This is brilliant, and so British:
LONDON — Trafalgar Square is a place of patriotism and past glory, of dead men posing in perpetuity on enormous pedestals. But on Monday, it became a place where Suren Seneviratne, a 22-year-old disc jockey, stood atop a 26-foot-high plinth, wearing a homemade panda costume and hyperkinetically talking on the phone…..He was the seventh participant in “One & Other,” a grand project that is meant to stretch the boundaries of sculpture by placing 2,400 people on the square’s usually vacant fourth plinth, for an hour apiece, from now through Oct. 6.
I tune in during the day — it’s amazing. I don’t doubt there are some who will be dull, evangelical, obnoxious, political, and even repugnant, but that’s the roll of the dice — and how different is that from teevee, for example?
But the positive side is, it’s performance art at a new level (literally), with the spotlight on urban British people whose capacity to entertain goes back centuries.
Enjoy. It’s summer.