Absolute Baroque

 When I first read that Alison Lapper was to occupy the sixth plinth in Trafalgar Square I thought, ‘It should have been the Queen Mother’. After all, hadn’t Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon so wisely refused to flee the country during World War II thus gaining her British subjects’  love and respect?

However, on second thoughts, there could have been no better choice: Alison Lapper, so small and frail, looks like a victim of war chaperoned by all those war heroes, and, being pregnant, she passes on a message of hope that adds the perfect finishing touch to the design of the square in matters of balance and impact. For all its sheer simplicity of lines and smooth texture, Marc Quinn’s statue conveys such a complex range of emotions that the overall effect is more baroque than (neo)classical.

This is an exercise for students at an Advanced level. Read Lapper’s answers  and match them to the questions she was asked.

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