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Let's create a vacant plinth for the arts
11:21am Thursday 23rd January 2014 in Letters
IT was encouraging and timely to read the piece by Christine Nielson (SJOpinion January 9).
As the curator of the Young Gallery, I have long held out the hope that the redesigned market square would provide a turning point on many fronts, not least in the visual arts.
For many years I have been playing around with the idea of the ‘vacant plinth’. Such a simple idea but providing a transformational experience.
Setting aside the logistics etc, it seems to me that it would be an illustrious way to develop and enhance a famous city, such as Salisbury. Indeed great cities and the arts are inseparable.
I agree with Christine; we need a stimulating environment in which to live and work and attract visitors.
We need, as a city, to be looking forward and capitalising on our assets.
I would welcome having several plinths available and starting a serious yet playful arts conversation.
Let’s make 2014 a transformational year for this distinguished city.
Peter Riley, Curator, Young Gallery
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