The 6 finalists for this year’s round of the Fourth Plinth commission have now been announced. Marcus Coate, Hans Haacke, Liliane Lijn, Ugo Rondinone, Mark Leckey and David Shrigley are all in the running, with the two successful proposals set to be determined by the Fourth Plinth committee in early 2014. Included in this year’s line up is a horse skeleton covered in stock exchange prices (Haacke), a pair of dancing robotic cones (Lijn) and LOL’s personal favourite, a 10 metre high ‘thumbs up’ sculpture by David Shrigley entitled ‘Really Good’. The winning works will go on display in Trafalgar Square in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Read more about the finalists here.
Katharina Fritsch’s proposal for London’s ongoing Fourth Plinth commission has been accepted and in 2013 her giant 4.3 metre cockerel will be installed in Trafalgar Square. Laden with innuendo, the electric blue rooster not only suggests male posturing but, according to the artist, symbolises regeneration, awakening and strength.
Fritsch’s commission will be preceded by Scandinavian duo Elmgreen and Dragset’s ‘Powerless Structures, Fig 101‘, a bronze sculpture of a boy on a rocking horse that pokes fun at the traditional monuments of generals and war heroes that also populate the square.
The Fourth Plinth is currently occupied by Yinka Shonibare’s ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle‘.
The artists shortlisted for the next Fourth Plinth Commission in London’s Trafalgar Square have submitted their maquettes to the Commissioning Group (that includes artist Grayson Perry and Ekow Eshun, Director of ICA). The successful submission will replace the current installation, ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle’, by Yinka Shonibare next year. Leg of Lamb is rooting for the giant cock.