Mission Partner takes a stand with kings and generals

Posted by Sarah Caughey on Tue, 15 Sep 2009 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

This Thursday, 17th September at 2pm, CMS Ireland Mission Partner Mark Gill will join kings and generals in London’s Trafalgar Square, as he fills the vacant ‘fourth plinth’ for one hour. Whilst the occupants of the square’s other plinths will remain oversized, grey and static, Mark will be full of colour and life and will be properly proportioned!

While Mark is surely worthy of the company he will be keeping and is undoubtedly one of the great British historical figures, the reason for his presence on the plinth owes itself to art, more than history.

The “One & Other Project” was conceived by sculptor Antony Gormley, with the goal of creating a living monument reflecting the diversity of humanity in those who take part. The previously vacant fourth plinth is being manned by a different individual every hour, twenty fours hours a day, for one hundred days. Click on the link to find out more. You can also watch Mark’s plinth performance live, or afterwards, via this website.

There are only 2400 opportunities to get on the plinth with over 33,000 applicants…and Mark has secured one of the slots! During his 60 minutes, Mark will be taking to the plinth in traditional Nepali dress, singing Nepali songs and raising awareness about various issues which Nepal is facing.

Speaking about his upcoming ’performance’, Mark comments “I’m ready for the drama!”. Let’s just hope the pigeons leave him in peace!

Mark and his wife Ali are currently preparing to return to Nepal for another term as Mission Partners with Human Development and Community Services. CMS Ireland is currently seeking additional prayer and financial support for the Gills from individuals and parishes throughout Ireland.

To find out more about HDCS and about how to support the Gills, please contact Sarah Hutchinson or Roger Cooke, via the Belfast Office.