Thursday, July 16, 2009

Stage


Well this is sort of an update to my previous post, on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Which seems sort of cheating, except that it did come out of a consideration of "stage", todays Thursday Theme, as I was thinking about how almost anything can be a stage, if its the space where a performance takes place.

An orange box can be a stage, if someone performs on it - as I saw some living statues doing yesterday in Covent Garden, but sorry, wasn't quick enough with my camera, we were in a hurry. Here's someone else's picture of one. I always think this must be such a tough way to make a living.

So the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square has also become a stage for the 100 days of July, August and September as members of the public take their hourly turns to occupy and use the space in whatever way they choose.

So - you can read more about this in the previous post, with a photo of a Womble who put in quite a lively performance.

The occupant yesterday when I walked through Trafalgar Square appeared to be drawing what was going on around her.


What she was doing was quite unspectacular but her location made it a performance, and her being there turned the plinth into a stage.




You can also see from this photo what sort of "summer" we are having.

17 comments:

Betty said...

Good post! I watched the activity on the plinth the other night and there was a guy just sitting there underneath a plastic umbrella with a sheet thrown over it. Made me smile. (I think having an umbrella up there at the moment is A Good Move™

ArtSparker said...

I would think there would be quite a few poets lining up, eager to finally be heard. Me, I'd be up there with a mosaic ball (I have extras) and a megaphone.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I love those mime and statue performers on their small boxes - but as you say, what a job.
And ah yes, I see your weather is still just as "good" as it was...
xxx

Liza said...

There's performers everywhere.

Shammickite said...

Love it! Wish I could go up there.
I'm definitely British, got the passport to prove it, but don't live in the UK right now.... dammit.

Shammickite said...

I also have an umbrella.

Wings said...

Summer here is more like an extended Spring this year. :(

Akelamalu said...

One wouldn't want to be on that 'stage' the way the weather is at the moment - well not without a wet suit!

Ronda Laveen said...

What amazing photos. They almost looked Photo Shopped. Blustery summer, huh?

Chris Wolf said...

How could you get a piano up there? I speak best thru my music...

Brian Miller said...

that is awesome! i want a turn!

Anonymous said...

i've been trying to look at at least one plinth vid a day.

Megan said...

I'm going to have to keep my eye on this plinth thing.

And trust me, you don't want to be up there with the kind of weather we're having! Give me some clouds!

The Silver Fox said...

The varied angles of the shots really helped put things in perspective.

subtorp77 said...

This just goes to prove that, indeed, all the world is a stage. I remember the "bill-board" sleepers, over here in the U.S. BUt if you don't get noticed here in Trafalgar Square....

Barbara said...

"... and all the men and women merely players" Life is just one big piece of performance art, yes?

Coffee Messiah said...

Pretty interesting and harkens back to the 50-60s. Wonder why people don't do these things much anymore?

Thanks 4 sharing the moment ; )

Cheers!