But isn’t it Art?

Image credit: Christopher Fowler (permission pending)

My campaign to get a giant aidpod on to the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square has floundered before it really got started. Just got this reply from the Mayor’s Office:

from Mayor of London <mayor@london.gov.uk>
to simon@colalife.org
date 1 July 2009 12:02
subject RE: MGLA170609-2106 Idea for the fourth plinth

Dear Simon

Many thanks for your email regarding your proposal to install an ‘aidpod’ on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square to raise awareness for your Colalife campaign.

The Fourth Plinth’s use as the location for a rolling programme of specially commissioned contemporary artworks was, following public consultation, unanimously recommended by an independent committee set up on the Government’s instruction in 1998. When the Mayor of London took over the responsibility for Trafalgar Square in 1999, he endorsed the recommendation and set up the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group (FPCG).

The FPCG is a panel of visual art experts who invite artists to submit a proposal and then make recommendations on which artwork should be chosen, which the Mayor signs off. However, this process is by invitation only; it is not an open selection programme and the Mayor does not decide the artwork that is installed on the plinth.

At this stage, there are no plans for the current Fourth Plinth programme to cease.

We wish you the very best for your campaign.

Kind regards,

Abbie McGillivray
Mayor’s Office – Cultural Strategy

I need to get in contact with FPCG because it’s completely unused at the moment, it could be helping save lives in between commissions . . . I know, I cycle past it most days . . .


  1. ColaLife will go to the Fourth Plinth! https://rtanner.co.uk/2009/07/03/im-a-work-of-art-almost/


  1. Simon Berry says:

    But isn’t it art? Campaign to get giant colalife aidpod on fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square flounders – any ideas? https://bit.ly/oBckY