The View From The Cab.

I passed through Trafalgar Square the other day and on that pillar left vacant by the Victorians, having run out of heroes to venerate, there was a new effigy. Every so many years the Arts Council of Great Britain decide which aspiring artist to showcase on the available plinth opposite the National Gallery and at times, I must say, I wonder what criteria they use in their collective judgement on what is or not art.

The present one, in my opinion, has a certain artistic value and worthy of display although I wish a different material had been used in its construction and a different place found for it. It appears to have been made from wood or perhaps fibre-glass and painted beige.

In my interpretation it is a representation of a dream. Seated on a rocking chair leaning backwards, as if about to fly away, is a dull glided figure of a Cherub of life size proportion staring into the sky. The artist must be proud to have been selected from the entrants to such a prestigious competition, but not the day I passed by.

On the head of the angelic depiction was an indifferent Seagull, unconcerned of blighted dreams and aspirations of wing-less mortals or those of a spiritual nature. His attention seemed firmly fixed on more material gain than that of inspiration

In conclusion to this small missive of every day life in Metropolitan London I feel obliged to add that the Seagull looked more majestic than what was beneath its feet. Perhaps the Arts Council could employ an old seaman with a cross-bow to protect us dreamers.


About Daniel Kemp

Daniel Kemp, ex-London police officer, mini-cab business owner, pub tenant and licensed London taxi driver never planned to be a writer, but after his first novel —The Desolate Garden — was under a paid option to become a $30 million film for five years until distribution became an insurmountable problem for the production company what else could he do? Nowadays he is a prolific storyteller, and although it’s true to say that he mainly concentrates on what he knows most about; murders laced by the intrigue involving spies, his diverse experience of life shows in the short stories he compiles both for adults and children. He is the recipient of rave reviews from a prestigious Manhattan publication, been described as —the new Graham Green — by a managerial employee of Waterstones Books, for whom he did a countrywide tour of signing events, and he has appeared on ‘live' television.
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