Flashing & Crashing

Woman Goes Topless for Antony Gormley's Project

Antony Gormley’s 100-day public art undertaking, One and Other, reached a pinnacle Monday when a lap dancer spent an hour dancing and shaking in central London, causing the project’s Web site, complete with live feed, to collapse temporarily. Beginning in July, the famed sculptor asked Brits to help create a living monument at Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth, a space normally reserved for statues, but which often hosts public stunts. Gromley hoped participants (selected via online submissions) would stand on the plinth for an hour, presenting an image of themselves and a representation of humanity at large. Monday’s star, Naomi McDonald, a professional London lap dancer, spent her allotted hour, beginning at noon, in heels and underwear, posing with a pole and shaking her breasts at onlookers. She closed her time on the plinth with a pole-dance to “It’s Raining Men”—much to the delight of passersby who kept their cameras flashing. McDonald was not arrested since it is not a crime to be naked in public, and despite numerous comments via Twitter about the display, police did not intervene.