The Fourth Plinth Trafalgar Square – July 2013
Author: Bob Handford
Trafalgar Square, geographically the centre of London where all road distances are measured from is the location of the fourth plinth.
On the four corners of the square were four plinths, the one on the north-western corner was left empty, the original intention was a statue of William IV but funds run out.
If we are to believe the press the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square is being kept free for a statue of the Queen riding a horse which will be commissioned after she dies, sourced to “senior officials”.
In 1999 the RSA created the Fourth Plinth Project.
The event really got the public’s notice when in 2009 over 100 days in the summer 2,400 people got the chance to have a one hour slot on the plinth to perform their ‘art’. 32,000 people applied and sure enough 2,400 performed everything from inspiring to the bizarre. Today the plinth is more staid with set exhibits commissioned by the Mayor.
Today its a rolling arts programme where each year a new exhibit is put up.
The latest sculpture to sit on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth by a German artist is called Cock and was unveiled the 25th July by the Mayor Of London.
The inscription on the base reads “Cock is a sculpture of a familiar domestic cockerel in ultramarine blue made from glass fibre reinforced resin and fixed on a stainless steel supporting structure”. The structure is 4.72 metres high and weighs 800kg.
Most comment from laypeople is almost universally negative but the great and good do reassure it is indeed art.
What do you think?