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11 of 34 nominations


Alison Lapper statue, Trafalgar Square

Alison Lapper statue, Trafalgar Square

When the statue of a naked, pregnant woman without arms appeared on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, it certainly stirred up national interest. Inspirational to many, the Alison Lapper statue provides a stark contrast to the symbols of male military might that have dominated the Square until now. Its sleek lines were sculpted in white marble by artist Mark Quinn. The statue will remain on the fourth plinth until April 2007, when it will be replaced by Thomas Shutte’s Hotel For The Birds.

Presenter Sarah Hendy had no hesitation in nominating the statue. “I know there's been a lot of controversy about it, but I think it actually looks very fetching. It's something a little bit different and adds something modern to the very traditional Trafalgar Square,” she said.

Alison Lapper statue, Trafalgar Square

Sarah Hendy

TV presenter

Sarah Hendy seems destined for big things. She presented the BBC Three late-night magazine show Destination Three and is currently presenting the E4 Music Zone from 9am till 7pm and interviewing stars on the online talkshow, Chatshow.net. She may have been voted one of TV’s sexiest babes by Zoo magazine, but Sarah also has a first class degree in Law and plays the piano, clarinet and violin. One to watch…