Empty Plinths

RECEIVED Mon., June 22, 2015

Dear Editor,
    The Confederate statues on the UT campus occupy spaces which, because of the landscaping and architecture that surround them, catch the attention of passersby [“Written in Stone,” News, May 29]. If UT officials choose to remove the statues, they will be left with several highly visible and empty stone plinths.
    London's Trafalgar Square has one such empty plinth –"The Fourth Plinth"– and in recent years it's served as the pedestal upon which a variety of artworks have been displayed, each for about a year or so. Perhaps UT could follow London's example and use the Confederate statue plinths as showcases for artworks created by UT art students and faculty.
James Scott Bankston
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