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The Fourth Plinth

THE FOURTH PLINTH THE NINE LATEST VICTORS OF THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR 1999-2013 The Fourth Plinth, in the north-west of Trafalgar Square, was originally intended for an equestrian statue but was empty for many years. It is now the location for specially commissioned artworks 1999 ECCE HOMO Mark Wallinger Wallinger said his sculpture of Christ was not meant to be perverse or tongue in cheek. 'I wanted to show him as an ordinary human being Jesus was at the very least a political leader of an oppressed people and I think he has a place here in front of all these oversized imperial symbols.' 2000 -REGARDLESS OF HISTORY- Bill Woodrow Full of symbolism, the supremacy of nature over civilisation is shown in 'Regardless of History' as it may be observed in the jungles of South America or Thailand, where deserted temples have been reclaimed by nature. Woodrow here emphasises humanity's fragility in the face of nature, suggesting that we should remain respectful of nature's power and our place in a natural order, most importantly learning from history-a common theme in Woodrow's practice. 2001 MONUMENT Rachel Whiteread Whiteread described her piece as 'a pause.. a quiet moment'. It was an upended mirror image of a 14-ft high granite plinth, cast in two huge sections of clear resin which changed colour with every change of light. 2005 -ALISON LAPPER PREGNANT– Marc Quinn Marc Quinn's sculpture Alison Lapper Pregnant was the first new commission for the Fourth Plinth under the auspices of the Mayor of London's Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group. 2007 -MODEL FOR A HOTEL- Thomas Schutte Thomas Schütte's Model for a Hotel ( formerly 'Hotel for the Birds' ) is an architectural model constructed in specially engineered red, yellow and blue glass. Model for a Hotel was unveiled in November 2007 and occupied the plinth until the end of May 2009. 2009 ONE & OTHER Anthony Gormley An astonishing living monument. Gormley asked the peoplle of the UK to occupy the empty Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, a space normally reserved for statues of kings and generals, in an image of themselves, and a representation of the whole of humanity. The plinth was occupied by different people - chosen by ballot - every hour, 24 hours a day, for 100 days. 2010 NELSON'S SHIP IN A BOTTLE – Tinka Shonibare Commemorating the Battle of Trafalgar. It was the first commission by a black British artist. There is now a campaign to find a permanent home for Nelson's ship in a bottle at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. 2012 -POWERLESS STRUCTURES- Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset A 4.1m, two tonne bronze statue of a boy on a rocking horse. Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset, describe it as a critique of “monuments predicated on military victory or defeat". 2013 - HAHN/COCK- Katharina Fritsch The latest Fourth Plinth sion, Hahn/Cock by Katharina Fritsch was unveiled on 25 July 2013. A 4.72m high rendition of a domestic farmyard cockerel saturated in intense ultramarine blue. The Fourth Plinth programme is part of the vision for Trafalgar Square to be a vibrant public space and to encourage debate about the place and value of public art in the built environment. BROUGHT TO YOU BY: PRODUCED BY: EXHIBITION PLINTHS ATTWOOD YEDIGITAC,8543,-10204720077,00.html

The Fourth Plinth

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An infographic on the victors of the latest battle of Trafalgar


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