London's Culture Head says public art easier to put up if you promise it won't be there forever

London’s Culture Head says public art easier to put up if you promise it won’t be there forever

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If you do anything permanently, people get very, very agitated about it. So it’s much, much easier to have temporary works that come and go.

Justine Simons, Head of Culture for the Mayor of London, speaking with NPR about Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth, a pedestal for rotating contemporary sculptures. According to Simons, the city managed to end a 150-year debate over what to put on the site by agreeing to keep works there only temporarily.