The Fifth Plinth draws its inspiration from both from the Empty Plinth in Trafalgar Square and the artist’s developing theory of public art which proposes that good contemporary practice should be available to a broad and often irreverent audience beyond the gallery.
The shared characteristic of the Fifth Plinth and its London antecedent is the concept of a revolving showcase of art in a place of random public congregation. There the similarity ends.
The Fifth Plinth is not a pastiche. It interprets the idea through a minimal sculpted form of Corten steel. Its scale, which is both substantive but accessible offers the opportunity for a continually refreshed display of contemporary visual, sound and performance art. Its low entry cost encourages experimental work.
The Fifth Plinth is currently being prototyped at the University of Lincoln and the artist’s vision is that this concept will develop a following in many other locations throughout the country.
''The fifth plinth presents a great opportunity for contemporary art to be displayed beyond the gallery".
- Peter Maris. Sculptor.