Prize Winner: Enough With the ‘Plop Art’

Too many public sculptures are “plop art” – works dropped into an apparently random site and hardly noticed, says artist Rachel Whiteread, winner of the Turner Prize. She has created a number of public art projects around the world, including a cast of the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square and the Holocaust monument in Vienna.

Speaking to The Guardian ahead of a retrospective of her work at Tate Britain, Whiteread said all her public sculptures were in places for a specific reason.

“I’m not a great fan of what I call ‘plop art,’” she said. “Where you plop a piece of work down in a place and it doesn’t really bear any relationship to anything else.

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