Monday, 13 February 2012


Freddie on the Plinth, Aleksandra Mir's proposal to bring the statue of Freddie Mercury back to London on loan from Montreux for one year and to place it on the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Legendary Lavinia Co-op cutting the ribbon

the White Cubicle Toilet Gallery honoured to have Freddie Mercury, Irena Sedlecka, and Aleksandra Mir in the gallery

Jeremy Deller supporting Freddie on the Plinth

Stefan Bruggemann

Ilce with Freddie

Mr Pablo Leon de la Barra with a model of Aleksandra Mir's proposal to bring Freddie Mercurie's sculpture on loan for a year from Montreaux, and installing it in Trafalgar's square fourth plinth

young Whitney inside the White Cubicle

friends and customers taking photos inside the White Cubicle

dj of the night Prince Nelly!

crowd at the George and Dragon's Benefit Party and White Cubicle Exhibition for Aleksandra Mir's Freddie on the Plinth Proposal

Aleksandra Mir and Lavinia Co-op

Aleksandra Mir, table dancing for Freddie

David and Pablo

Esteban dancing

girls kissing

drunken blurry pictures

 Freddie on the Plinth flyers on the window

and end of the night

The George and Dragon Public House and the White Cubicle Toilet Gallery are honoured to invite you to the
*** Benefit Party and White Cubicle Exhibition for Aleksandra Mir's Freddie on the Plinth Proposal ***
This Sunday February 12, 2012 from 7 PM to 11 PM
George and Dragon Public House, 2 Hackney Road, London E2
DJ for the evening: Prince Nelly - with a special appearance by Lavinia Co-op

Let's put Freddie Mercury on the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square.
Sign the Petition here!

Freddie on the Plinth is a tribute to two people with an unlikely but beautiful connection: the legendary rock star Freddie Mercury (b 1946 – d 1991) and a Czech sculptor called Irena Sedlecka (b 1928). As a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Sedlecka was awarded the State Prize for excellence and thereafter created many socialist realist large-scale commissions before fleeing the Communist regime for England in 1966. It was in London, after Freddie’s death from AIDS in 1991, where she received the commission to create a larger-than-life memorial statue in bronze of the rock star. At that time, 20 years ago, the remaining members of Queen and the executors of Freddie’s estate decided to commission the memorializing bronze statue as the whereabouts of Freddie’s ashes was a closely guarded secret. The statue depicts him at the height of his rock-star power performing at Wembley Stadium, his body in full-stretch rock exuberance, triumphantly gesturing towards an imaginary sea of mesmerized fans. Facing the statue, it is as if you can hear the crowds screaming, the band playing and Freddie’s heart beating – a living spirit captured in bronze by a sculptor at the height of her powers.

Despite the statue’s excellence, Freddie’s enormous contribution to music and the love of his many fans in the UK and worldwide, it was rejected by Westminster Council amidst rumours about homophobia, fear of AIDS and vandalism. Numerous attempts to place the statue on public view elsewhere in London failed and a permanent home for it was never found. Instead, the work was offered to the city of Montreux, Switzerland where the band kept a recording studio, where Freddie had found a retreat from the paparazzi and where the gift was welcomed with open arms. So the statue, with its bursting energy and urban soul was placed facing the quiet and calm waters of Lake Geneva. It has since become a site of pilgrimage for fans from all over the world who gather here every year to mark Freddie’s birthday.

Freddie on the Plinth is an independent, unsolicited proposal to bring the statue of Freddie Mercury back to London, on loan from the city of Montreux for one year and to place it on the empty 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square: to honour both Freddie Mercury’s and Irena Sedlecka’s artistic legacies; as an exploration of the connections between socialist realism and glam rock; to contemplate the void created by all silences; and to channel love through the celebration and sheer expression of life.

Aleksandra Mir is an artist. She was born in 1967 in Lubin, Poland, grew up in Sweden, and currently lives and works in London.

The White Cubicle Toilet Gallery measures 1.40 by 1.40 metres, is located within the Ladies Toilet of the George and Dragon, and works with no budget, staff or boundaries. White Cubicle presents a discerning programme of local and international manifestations as an antidote to London’s sometimes extremely commodified art scene. Past exhibitions have included the work of Deborah Castillo, Gregorio Magnani, Butt Magazine, Federico Herrero, Terence Koh, i-Cabin, Steven Gontarski, Pixis Fanzine/Princess Julia and Hanah, General Idea and avaf, Basso Magazin, Carl Hopgood, Giles Round, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Superm, (Brian Kenny and Slava Mogutin), Elkin Calderon, Wolfgang Tillmans, Calvin Holbrook/Hate Magazine, Husam el Odeh, Simon Popper, Fur, Dik Fagazine, Rick Castro/Abravanation, Jean Michel Wicker, Noki, Ellen Cantor, Karl Holmqvist, Julie Verhoeven, Aldo Chaparro, Esther Planas, Nikos Pantazopoulos, Luis Venegas, Twinklife, Rocky Alvarez, Benedetto Chirco, STH Magazine, Elmgreen & Dragset, Francesc Ruiz, Sico Carlier, Stefan Benchoam, Thomas Dozol, Marco Rountree ...
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1 comment:

  1. Ay Pablo, qué lástima no haber ido, tenía que trabajar !!!! gracias por poner las fotos.