I will play bassoon in that piece

l reed & b yianni / world premier / fourth plinth / trafalgar square / london / 13th july / 2009

Acrophobia, from the Greek ’akron’ (peak) and ’phobos’ (fear) is a fear of heights and is extremely common. It is now widely believed that fear of height is a response we are all born with and is an evolutionary adaptation. Mild suffers like myself will experience rising heart rate, a knot in the stomach, sweaty palms and inertia.

the composition ’the ebb of acrophobia’ is an attempt to reflect the state of mind and physical condition of the living sculpture on the plinth and, through score, signals and improvisation interpret his changing state / the outcome is largely unknown

Lawrence Reed’s website
a video of the performance here


The Fourth Plinth

From 6 July 2009 the Fourth Plinth in the north west of Trafalgar Square is home to Antony Gormley’s One & Other, an astonishing living monument. He is asking the people of the UK to occupy the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, a space normally reserved for statues of Kings and Generals, in an image of themselves, and a representation of the whole of humanity.

The plinth is being occupied by different people every hour, 24 hours a day, for 100 days.

See it live