Boy on Rocking Horse and Big Blue Cockerel Chosen for Fourth Plinth

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Boris Johnson announced the next two commissions for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square this morning.

Artists Elmgreen & Dragset and Katharina Fritsch are the winners for 2012 and 2013.

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.


  1. BOOOO!!!

    I liked the Allora & Calzadilla one.

    Any news on how the votes broke down?

    • Zoe J. Griffiths says:

      I think lots of them were really interesting, but I really like the boy on the rocking horse – I’m glad it’s up next.

      As for the votes from the panel, there wasn’t any info given. As you can see from the vid, Ekow didn’t have much to say about the process behind choosing.

      Boris did mention that he liked the Battenberg best. I thougt that might win, with the royal wedding connection, but perhaps they realised that by 2012 Royal Wedding fever might’ve died down…

  2. Claire Doble says:

    Love the cock!

  3. tipple says:

    Boris needs shooting. A blue ‘FRENCH’ cock in Trafalgar Square. What the hell was he thinking? Nelson & myself would spit on him.