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What's next for the fourth plinth?

It's been home to a blue cockerel, a ship in a bottle, and now a giant 'thumbs-up', but what will be next to sit on Trafalgar Square's famous Fourth Plinth?

We'll get one step closer to finding out this morning, when a shortlist of commissions is announced.

You can view the proposals at the National Gallery.

David Shrigley's 'Really Good' currently sits on the Fourth Plinth Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/PA Images

Plinth 'challenging artwork' in historic surrounding

A large blue rooster currently stands on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square, which has become a showcase for temporary artworks.

The current blue rooster on the fourth plinth Credit: Press Association

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "The placing of challenging artwork amidst the historic surroundings of Trafalgar Square creates a delicious juxtaposition that gets people talking and debating, underpinning London's reputation as a great world city for culture."


Giant 'thumbs up' joins battle for fourth plinth

Really Good, by David Shingley

A 10 metre tall thumbs-up, cast in a dark patina Credit: ITV News

Larger Squat Afar, by Mark Leckey

Larger Squat Afar is an anagram of Trafalgar Square, and made up of elements from the square’s other sculptures Credit: ITV News

Gift Horse, by Hans Haake

A skeleton with a London Stock Exchange ticker on its front leg Credit: ITV News

Artists unveil their vision for the fourth plinth

Six artists have unveiled their vision for what they believe should take pride of place on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth. Here are the first three.

The Dance, by Li liane Lijn

A 13ft high pair of revolving robotic cones Credit: ITV News

Unmade Monument, by Marcus Coates

A 26ft high cast of a stone outcrop from Brimham Rocks in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire Credit: ITV News

Moon Mask, by Ugo Rondinone

A mask cast in aluminum with square cavities for eyes Credit: ITV News

Twitter reaction to Trafalgar Square cockerel

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Boris unveils blue cockerel sculpture in Trafalgar Square

London Mayor Boris Johnson has today unveiled a sculpture of a blue cockerel on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Boris pictured by the latest commission for Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth. Credit: Twitter/Mayor of London

The sculpture, created by German artist Katharina Fritsch, will remain in place for 18 months.


Fourth plinth's latest exhibit to be unveiled

Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth will welcome its latest artwork today when a sculpture by German artist Katharina Fritsch is installed.

The sculpture, chosen from several shortlisted submissions, depicts a bright blue cockerel and will be unveiled by London Mayor Boris Johnson this morning.

The plinth has featured several high profile artworks since 2005, including a marble portrait of disabled artist Alison Lapper, portraying her as heavily pregnant.

Previous residents of the fourth plinth

"Alison Lapper Pregnant" by Marc Quinn. Credit: John Stillwell/PA

Marc Quinn's sculpture of the disabled artist Alison Lapper was displayed from September 2005 until October 2007.

Lapper, who was born with no arms and shortened legs due to a congenital disorder, posed naked for Quinn when she was eight months pregnant.

Thomas Schutte's "Model for a Hotel 2007". Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire.

"Alison Lapper Pregnant" was replaced with a very different artwork - an architectural model of a 21-story building.

The coloured glass sculpture by German artist Thomas Schutte, "Model for a Hotel 2007" was unveiled in November 2007 and occupied the plinth until the end of May 2009.

Steve Pratt, 54, from London, stands on the Fourth Plinth as part of Anthony Gormley's "One & Other". Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Next came Anthony Gormley's "One and Other" - a "living monument" which involved members of the public taking to the plinth.

The space was occupied by different people - chosen by ballot - every hour, 24 hours a day, for 100 days.

Yinka Shonibare's "Nelson's Ship In A Bottle". Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire

From 2010 to 2012, the plinth was home to Yinka Shonibare's "Nelson's ship in a bottle" which commemorated the Battle of Trafalgar.

"Powerless Structures Fig 101" by Scandinavian duo Michael Elmgreen & Ingar Dragset. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

And currently in position is a giant bronze sculpture of a boy astride a rocking horse. It is called "Powerless Structures Fig 101".

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