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Antony Gormley and the 4th Plinth

by John Wyver
Regno Unito 2009, 48′
Presented at Lo schermo dell’arte Film Festival 2010
VOICE OVER: Virginia Godwin
PHOTOGRAPHY: Ian Serfontein
EDITING: Jon Pinsky
PRODUCER: John Wyver
PRODUCTION: Illuminations per Sky Television © British Sky Broadcasting 2009
Antony Gormley’s works are full of restlessness and poetry. His fragile Installation Field won him the Turner Prize in 1994; his Angel of The North, a monumental outdoor sculpture, is among the most popular in Britain. From his London studio, the artist presents the One & Other project which, in the summer of 2009, transformed Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth into a kind of magic pedestal. Prepared in 1841 to host an equestrian statue which was never made, the plinth has been used to house temporary sculptures since the end of the 1990s. The prestigious program has engaged important international artists such as Marc Quinn, Thomas Schütte, and Yinka Shonibare. Revisiting the tradition of Speaker’s Corner, Gormley created the most eclectic, diverse and democratic portrait of the UK ever. Over the web, he recruited over 2,400 volunteers from all over the country. For one hundred days, for one hour each, they all had the opportunity to turn themselves into living sculptures.
John Wyver is the Principal Research Fellow at the University of Westminster, he is a TV historian; the founder, author and producer of Illuminations, a partnership specializing in the production of films about art. Winner of many prestigious international awards, he won the Royal Television Society’s Silver Medal in 2000. In 2007, his TV documentary The Art of Henry Moore (2004) won the Prix du meilleur film éducatif at the 25th International Art Film Festival in Montreal. He is a contributor to Sky Arts, for whom he recently produced the series Art of Faith (2010), with the journalist John McCarthy, and Art of Survival.
Selected Filmography
2004 The Art of Henry Moore; 2008 The Eternity Man (Channel 4/ABC), co-produttore; 2009 Hamlet (BBC/WNET13/NHK), co-produttore; 2009 Antony Gormley and the 4th Plinth; 2010 Macbeth (WNET13/BBC), co-produttore.