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Boris Johnson announced the next two commissions for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square this morning.
Elmgreen & Dragset’s Powerless Structures, Fig 101 is a bronze sculpture of a boy on a rocking horse.
This morning, the artists explained their sculpture is not about victory or defeat. “It’s about play, being part of a game. It’s maybe not about winning or losing. It’s easy for us to stand up here today and say it’s not all about winning, but… We wanted to put something among all the admirals and generals in Trafalgar Square that would perhaps be mocking, perhaps change people’s perspectives.”
The second winner announced this morning is Katharina Fritsch’s Hahn / Cock; a giant, surrealist cockerel in bright blue.
Katharina described her sculpture as a “wake up call” and seemed happy to allow different interpretations of her work from the Mayor and others. (Boris suggested it might have something to do with Tottenham Hotspur, before talking about the idea that this very French symbol will, at least, be looked down on by Nelson from the centre of the square.)
Here’s a rather hastily taken, wobbly video of this morning’s annoucement, where you can see / hear more from the Mayor:
So, what do you think? Are these worthy winners? Were there others in the shortlist (there’s a reminder here) that you would’ve preferred to see on the Fourth Plinth? Let us know in the comments below.