Thursday 20 July 2017

Fourth plinth artworks unveiled

Artist Katharina Fritsch with her artwork Hahn/Cock which will take its place on the fourth plinth in 2013
Artist Katharina Fritsch with her artwork Hahn/Cock which will take its place on the fourth plinth in 2013
Artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset with their sculpture, Powerless Structures Fig.101

A bronze sculpture of a boy on a rocking horse and a giant bright blue cockerel will take their place on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, it has been announced.

The winning designs were unveiled by London Mayor Boris Johnson on Friday.

The bronze sculpture, called Powerless Structures, Fig.101, was designed by Scandinavian art duo Elmgreen and Dragset and will be unveiled in 2012.

It is intended to question the tradition of large-scale military monuments.

German artist Katharina Fritsch's ultramarine cockerel, designed to symbolise regeneration, awakening and strength, will take its place on the plinth in 2013.

Mr Johnson said: "As we head towards 2012 - a pivotal year for culture as well as sport - these witty and enigmatic creations underline London's position as one of the most exciting cities for art and are sure to keep people talking."

The winners will replace the current work - Yinka Shonibare's large-scale Nelson's Ship In A Bottle.

Other notable artworks which have featured on the empty plinth have included Antony Gormley's One & Other, which saw 2,400 people taking the space for an hour to do what they wanted, with some standing naked.

The final selection of the two works from a shortlist of six was made by the members of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group including artist Grayson Perry and broadcaster Jon Snow.

The group's chairman Ekow Eshun said: "Elmgreen and Dragset and Katherina Fritsch are distinguished artists with major international reputations. Their selection further underlines the importance and reputation of the Fourth Plinth as the most significant public art commission in Britain."

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