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September 16, 2005

Alison Lapper Pregnant

Is it too late to ask for Diana and Dodi dancing with the albatross? The last empty plinth in Trafalgar Square has been filled by an image of Alison Lapper, pregnant. Sculptor, Marc Quinn explains.

"I felt the square needed some femininity, linking with Boudicca near the Houses of Parliament," Mr Quinn told BBC News. "Alison's statue could represent a new model of female heroism."

Because a pregnant woman is somehow a "new model" of "female heroism" as opposed to being, say, a "Victorian model" of the limit of "female heroism". Quite by accident, a sculpture one can only imagine was meant to provoke controversy is an anachronism. Though I am certain Alison Lapper herself is a tough cookie.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 16, 2005 07:03 AM

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Am I too old fashioned that I'd prefer to see Statues of hero's that had been awarded the Victoria Cross? Perhaps one each from the Great War, WWII, Korea (One of the Glosters?) and lastly one for a future conflict of dire peril??

Posted by: rmgill@mindspring.com [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 19, 2005 09:30 AM