Alison Lapper Pregnant

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The first Mayor of London commission was a 3.6 m tall, 13–tonne Carrara marble figure of the artist Alison Lapper. She was born with phocomelia and has no arms and shortened legs. The sculpture publicly celebrated a different idea of beauty. It asked us to question our narrow view of what is and what isn't socially acceptable. The sculpture's presence was also a huge boost for disabled rights in the UK. A huge inflatable version of the sculpture was later a centrepiece of the London 2012 Paralympic Games opening ceremony.

Alison Lapper Pregnant




Carrara marble


H 360 x W (?) x D (?) cm

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commissioned by the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group; displayed on the Fourth Plinth, 2005–2007

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