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Housewife first Trafalgar Square live sculpture

AN English housewife will be the first of thousands of people to stand for one hour on top of a plinth in London's Trafalgar Square as part of a 100-day "live sculpture" exercise.

"One & Other" is a work devised by sculptor Antony Gormley for the square's empty plinth, now a platform for temporary works of art.

The first of 2,400 people to feature in Gormley's work is Rachel Wardell, a 35-year-old housewife and mother of two from Sleaford in Lincolnshire. Participants are chosen at random, and 14,500 people have applied so far. Applications are still open and can be made on the Website

"I wanted to be able to represent normal, everyday stay-at-home mums," said Wardell, who will appear on the plinth on Monday at 9am and will be followed at 10am by Jason Clark, a 41-year-old nurse from Brighton.

Gormley said of his work: "This elevation of everyday life to the position formerly occupied by monumental art allows us to reflect on the diversity, vulnerability and particularity of the individual in contemporary society."


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