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Antony Gormley: Inspired by saints?

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By a curious coincidence, two of the biggest crowd-drawing events Britain has seen for a while both came to a close in London this week.

On Wednesday, the day before St Thérèse of Lisieux’s month-long tour of England and Wales ended at Westminster Cathedral, the performance artwork One & Other finished a mile or so away in Trafalgar Square.

The work, created by the Antony Gormley, featured 2,400 different people standing on the square’s vacant fourth plinth in hour-long shifts for 100 days.

I wonder if the work had a saintly inspiration. Gormley is a nominal Catholic who served Mass twice weekly as a boy and spent “a lot of time waiting to be told something by the Virgin Mary”.

Perhaps Gormley’s idea was inspired by the statues of saints that were a familiar sight in his youth.

(Photo: Antony Gormley pictured with Emma Burns, the last person to occupy the fourth plinth. PA Photos)

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Written by Luke Coppen

October 16, 2009 at 1:33 pm

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