UCL alumni combine for Friday night on Fourth Plinth
13 August 2009
- UCL Physics & Astronomy
- UCL Slade School of Fine Art
- One & Other – a live stream from the Fourth Plinth
The coveted Friday night slot on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth has a double UCL connection this week.
Former PhD student Chris Lintott (UCL Physics & Astronomy) will spend an hour on top of the London landmark at 7pm on Friday 14 August.
He will demonstrate how to listen to meteors using a simple radio as part of sculptor Antony Gormley’s ‘One & Other’ project.
Gormley, a graduate of the UCL Slade School of Fine Art, has invited hundreds of people to occupy the empty plinth – a space usually reserved for kings and generals.
Different people are spending an hour each on top of the plinth for 24 hours a day for 100 days to create what Gormley describes as a ‘living monument’.
Lintott, a co-presenter of the BBC's ‘The Sky at Night’ astronomy programme, will play recordings of the Perseid meteor shower over an amplified speaker.
The recordings were made using a special antenna in Devon, but he will use photos to show how you can ‘hear’ meteors by setting a radio to the lowest frequency that doesn't receive a clear signal and listening to the static.
Image: Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth.