A plinth and a King

09Jul09
King George IV shows how it's done on the less publicised 3rd plinth

King George IV shows how it's done on the less publicised 3rd plinth

Two hundred and twenty-one years ago in London, when King George IV was a young prince aged 26, you could watch a public execution following by burning. At about the same time visitors could pay to tour a lunatic asylum and view the inmates (Prince George’s father, George III, was not among them – he was still ruling the country at the time, despite his apparent insanity).

The plinthonauts were disappointing. A lady  reading a book. A man eating an apple. Another man in a red suit dancing about and throwing toffees to the (sparse) audience. No one had a horse.

As a piece of art it didn’t move me much. I did feel a bit sorry for the lady with the book because she looked self conscious and I thought that afterwards she might wish she had done a bit more with her 60 minutes of public display.

It would also be better if there was no safety net.

4th plinth

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One Response to “A plinth and a King”

  1. 1 John H

    I think a ring of fire would have been far more exciting than a safety net…


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