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New commissions for Fourth Plinth to be announced

Gift Horse by Hans Haake- one of 6 works shortlisted to fill the plinth Credit: James O Jenkins

The next two works of art to occupy the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square will be unveiled today.

Six artists are competing against each other to fill the coveted spot.

Two will be chosen to occupy the plinth in 2015 and 2016.

Unmade Monument by Marcus Coates- another of the shortlisted designs Credit: James O Jenkins

Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture, will announce the winners at 9:15 this morning.


Christmas tree arrives in Trafalgar Square from Norway

Work has begun to install the 50 year old, 60 foot tall, Norwegian Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square.

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Every year since 1946 the Norwegians have gifted a magnificent spruce pine as a thank you to Britain for our support during the Second World War. The lights on the tree will be switched on this Thursday.

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Martin Stew was in Norway last month as the tree was cut down before it began a 700 mile journey.


Eleven arrests over Anonymous Million Mask March

  • Scotland yard says eleven people were arrested nine for public order offences and two for criminal damage
  • Officers in riot gear controlled the crowd, which was part of a pre-arranged Anonymous Million Mask March
  • Several similar events were carried out in cities in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand in opposition to austerity cuts, corruption and an increase in state surveillance

Two famous London monuments damaged in protests

Hundreds of masked Anonymous protesters descended on Buckingham Palace and Parliament Square as part of a worldwide march against austerity cuts. A fire was started just yards from the gates of the palace as protesters threw glass bottles during clashes with police last night.

Protestors stand on the Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace Credit: Press Association

Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square and the Victoria Memorial near the palace were damaged during the demonstrations. Fireworks were also reportedly thrown towards Buckingham Palace.

Fireworks are fired at Buckingham Palace Credit: Press Association

NFL fan rally in Trafalgar Square

NFL fan rally Credit: NFL UK

All-American fever grips Trafalgar Square today as the NFL stages a fan rally ahead of Sunday's match between the San Francisco 49ers and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley.

Last year's fan festival was attended by 40,000 fans. Players from both teams, NFL legends and cheerleaders will all be part of the event

Robotic arm in London replicates drawing in Vienna

A robotic arm in London is replicating the exact work of an artist as he draws an image of a face 900 miles away in Vienna. Video of Alex Kiessling is being projected onto a big screen in central London. Alongside him, a yellow robotic arm, copying his every move perfectly.

Austrian artist Alex Kiessling is shown working on a drawing live from Vienna on a big screen Credit: Simon Wright Photograpy
Robotic arm drawing in front of a crowd in Trafalgar Square Credit: Simon Wright Photograpy

Alex Kiessling used an infra-red sensor to trace the movements of his pen and send the signal via satellite to the industrial robots in Trafalgar Square that reproduced on canvas the lines he was drawing. Kiessling said it took more than six months to perfect the technique and the software.

As Alex draws, a robot arm 900 miles away in Trafalgar Square replicate his exact work Credit: Simon Wright Photograpy

The three versions of Kiessling's "Hybrid head" were made, one full face with two half heads on either side. They will be joined together and exhibited in Vienna and London.

Close-up image of "Long Distance Art" Credit: Simon Wright Photograpy
The finished drawing Credit: Simon Wright Photograpy
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