Giant Cockerel, Boy On Rocking Horse To Grace Fourth Plinth

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 88 months ago
Giant Cockerel, Boy On Rocking Horse To Grace Fourth Plinth

We wanted the Battenberg (and it was also Mayor's favourite) but alas it wasn't to be: the next two installations on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth will be a bronze cast of a boy on a rocking horse, and a giant blue cockerel.

The rocking horse, officially titled Powerless Structures, Fig.101, is by Scandinavian pair Elmgreen & Dragset, who are best known for subtly subversive artwork that casts a wry eye on social power structures (best seen in their 2006 Serpentine exhibition, The Welfare Show). The new piece continues that trend, casting an impish insouciance toward the Square's other horsebound plinth residents.

Powerless Structures, Fig.101 will be unveiled next year. It will be followed the following year German sculptor Katharina Fritsch's Hahn/Cock, a ultramarine cockerel that, according to the artist, symbolises regeneration, awakening and strength, and willl bring a "sense of hallucination" to the Square.

Here's a video of the Mayor making the announcement this morning, courtesy of Zoe Griffiths:

Last Updated 14 January 2011

tiredoflondon

I'm sorry, but these are about the least inspiring of the offerings.

I voted for the Allora & Calzadilla one. It had a cash machine AND a pipe organ. How could that have possibly gone wrong?

MattFromLondonist

I'm with Tom. Obviously these things are subjective, but how is the rocking horse even remotely as interesting as the Battenberg or the pipe organ one? The bird's a bit better, if only for the 'giant cock' gags that will now ensue.

MattFromLondonist

PS, my prediction for the cock. There'll be a pointless outcry when the bright blue paint runs in the rain and spoils the plinth.