Volunteer is work of art

Tuesday, 04 August, 2009

Alan Popplewell demonstrating CPR on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, London.

On 14 July,Alan Popplewell, a St John Ambulance Hertfordshire member, became a walking, talking work of art, by stepping onto the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, London as part of Antony Gormley's 'One and Other' project.

The so-called 'empty plinth' has been as such ever since it was built, in 1841 and nearly 170 years on, the plinth has been turned into an exciting artistic experiment. For 100 days from 6 July,
24 hours a day, without a break, one person every hour will have the opportunity to make the plinth their own and Alan has jumped at this as an opportunity to demonstrate the importance of first aid, demonstrating the cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) technique and the work of St John Ambulance to the public. Alan's moment in the spotlight was at 11am on Tuesday 14 July.'It's members like Alan, who go the extra step, who are what St John Ambulance is all about,' said Brian Wingate, CEO SJA Hertfordshire.

'One and Other' will be screened live, 24 hours a day on Sky Arts online, and on the One and Other website

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