Plinth unveiled in September
A SCULPTURE of Shoreham Beach artist Alison Lapper MBE will be unveiled as the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, London, next month.
The sculpture, entitled Alison Lapper Pregnant, by Marc Quinn will be unveiled at a public ceremony in the square on Thursday, September 15, at 12.30pm.
It is a sculpture of Alison when she was eight months pregnant and is one of two works selected from a shortlist of six other artists.
It will be displayed on the plinth until April 2007, when it will be replaced by Thomas Schutte's Hotel for the Birds.
Alison commented: "I regard it as a modern tribute to femininity, disability and motherhood. It is so rare to see disability in everyday life - let alone naked, pregnant and proud."
She was awarded the MBE in the 2003 New Year's Honours List, and was born with a limb deficiency - she has no arms and only short legs.
Alison was given the award for services to art and is also a leading member of the Mouth and Foot Painting Artists group.