OF ALL the things to wear during your hour of glory on the fourth plinth, David Crundwell's high visibility jacket was perhaps a poor sartorial choice.

Could it have been an ironic quip about our image-conscious age? A nod to the 'Nu Rave'kids or just a sensible precaution on a rain-speckled Wednesday?

As the Westminster local was lowered down from the stone on the stroke of midday, the mundane reality was revealed.

"I quickly cycled up here from Victoria Street and only realised I was still wearing my high vis jacket once I was up there," he said with a shrug.

What David, 42, did in his hour-long slot on day three of 'One & Other', Athony Gormley's 24-hour living sculpture on the vacant plinth, was equally contentious.

Mainly because it seemed to be variations on the theme of nothing. "Why doesn't he jump up and down?" a disappointed young boy below asked his mother.

A handful of tourists visiting Trafalgar Square jeered momentarily but David, hands planted laconically in pockets, looked perfectly content. And speaking afterwards, it was clear why.

"I wasn't up there to make a statement, that's for other people. I'm a lifelong Londoner and the chance to stand somewhere you wouldn't normally be allowed was too good to miss. I felt like part of the city - it is an amazing place."

No doubt many among 2,400 'plinthers' chosen from across the UK to be deposited on the empty pedestal one at a time for an hour, every hour, for the next 96 days, will perform, amuse or entertain. Many more will probably irritate, bore and bemuse.

There has already been a dancing poo, a man dressed as a panda and 'Cheeky' - a man with a purple puppet making impossibly witless gags about Michael Jackson, all streamed live through the One & Other website.

The mind boggles at the treats to come.

But in his own understated way, David's quiet elevation captured the spirit of Gormley's winning concept for the vacant plinth, which uses ordinary London folk to take a rare biopsy of the capital.

There could also be few better ways to revive the usual debates on the merits of modern art, energise Trafalgar Square over the summer and entertain tens of thousands of tourists and Londoners alike.

As she was raised in the strawberry picker on to the plinth to replace David, Australian Emma Phillips, 38, couldn't hold back her grin.

Her friends gathered below, she threw the first of 1,000 pre-made paper aeroplanes off the plinth. Each containing a message to the recipient.

It was a homage to the story of Sadako, a 12-year-old victim of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima who made paper cranes during her time in hospital daubed with messages of peace, in the hope that if she made 1,000 cranes her wishes would come true.

As the yellow planes nose-dived into a delighted crowd, one drifted down to Emma's friend Suze. Opening the note, it read 'You are amazing'.

"Hell yeah!" she said, letting out a joyous Antipodean whoop. It may not be art, but it is at least fun.

* To watch One & Other 24hr Live or to register for a slot see www.oneandother.co.uk  

Sky Arts channel will go live from the plinth every Friday from July 10 at 7pm.