Posts Tagged ‘antony gormley’

Dawn/Brad represent a nation of dog lovers

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Dawn/Brad on the plinth giving out chocs

At 1am on Saturday morning, dressed as Brad – her big ginger dog – Dawn took her place on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square for the Antony Gormley project ‘One and Other’.

Representing Britain as a nation of dog lovers, Dawn donned the outfit and even Brad’s characteristics – wagging her tail and running in her sleep, Brad would be proud! She wasn’t heckled much, probably because she had dog shaped chocs to keep the crowds quiet. If you missed all this, you can watch it again at www.oneandother.co.uk. See more pictures on flickr.

Dawn used this opportunity to raise awareness for the local Derby RSPCA. From August 15th, the local branch will no longer be rehoming dogs but those there will be transferred to nearby RSPCA centres instead. This is medium term due to lack of funds to continue with the dogs’ upkeep, as they need to refurbish the kennels. It’s a real shame as due to the centre’s location they have a really successful rate of rehoming. They are having to make 12 staff there redundant and cut back to 4 to cut running costs with the aim to eventually raise enough money to get dogs back to the centre.

Dawn is just over half way to reaching her target of £500, so to help achieve this, you can donate to JustGiving. It is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with Just Giving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer.

Brad the dog has been rejected…

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

I got a call from the ‘One and Other’  project on Friday to say that it’s against ‘policy’ for animals to take part in the project. What amused me was that they asked to speak to Brad, The Dog of Bronze…I was tempted to put them on hold and come back on the phone talking like Scooby Doo!  However, I had to explain, that Brad was an actual dog and couldn’t come to the phone.

So now I have given my details, and the place has been transferred to me. Although my profile page still stays I am Brad, a male, a professional pet and 39 years old. I am a little concerned this may remain, as the guy who took my details said they would ‘hopefully’ be able to update the information… hmmm!

Now I need to consider what I should do….dress up as Brad? Try and do him proud by continuing to attempt to represent Britain as a nation of dog lovers? Or do something completely different? All suggestions welcome.

Brad’s got his hour on the plinth, but what should he do up there?

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Brad on the 4th plinth

Brad the dog has been selected and confirmed his place on Trafalgar Square’s 4th plinth for Anthony Gormley’s new art project  ‘One and Other’ – yes the ginger fella you will have met if you have visited the Katapult office has been selected! After all he is ‘the dog of bronze’ and I felt it would be fitting that he was entered for the opportunity to represent Britain as a nation of dog lovers. His place has been confirmed as Saturday 25th July at 1am to 2am in the morning. Should be an interesting task getting Brad into London and up on the plinth at that hour but an adventure I am sure he will enjoy.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the project, it takes place over 100 days and every hour a different person will be selected to stand on the plinth. In the first draw on the 7th June, Brad was one of the first to be selected out of the total 2400 who will take part. In the meantime I have been asked to let them know what Brad intends to do up there during his hour. This is were I need your input…what should Brad do?

We are up there during the early hours but Gormley has provided some words of reassurance “The night time will be great, actually. If the LED lighting works, it will be very bright. It will be a little arena. I think it will be magical.”

The scene on the plinth will be broadcast 24 hours a day at www.oneandother.co.uk where viewers can vote for their best bits. It will also be covered on Sky Arts starting on 10 July. A full-length documentary is also planned to sum up the event, from the first application to the final hour.

You can read about what other people are intending to do in their hour in these related articles:

The Guardian

Our Plinthers

Take part in Antony Gormley’s new piece of art

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

One & Other is the latest piece of art from Antony Gormley to take place in Trafalgar Square, London in which people are invited to participate in the creation of  art. It’s an extension of his participatory theme; his project Field invited lots of people to come together to make thousands of small sculptures. This next project is based around the Fourth Plinth which has laid empty on Trafalgar Square since the 19th century when money ran out to build a statue for William IV. This empty plinth is now about to be filled when a different person each hour for 100 days will take their position.

I have already registered in an attempt to secure a spot…do you fancy joining me ?