There is a rather ungainly statue on a plinth outside the back of the Tate Modern that is in celebration of all the artists who will never make it into the hallowed art galleries of London.

Holding a paintbrush in one hand, the statue, by the artist collective, Greyworld, is supposed to move, in response to people posing in front of it. Hence the ungainly pose it often has, although on my visit it seemed to be ignoring me.

The inscription on the plinth says Non Plaudite Modo Pecuniam Jacite, which apparently translates as “Do not applaud, just throw money”, which is probably a cry that all impoverished artists have uttered at some point in their lives.

In fact, setting aside the design, and the lack of movement, in a way the best thing about the sculpture now is that the office block it stands in front of makes for a quite impressive background to the art.


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