Trafalgar Square home to Landseer’s lions guarding Nelson and his column.  All around statues of the great and good gaze down.  One plinth, however, remains unfilled.  In recent years a procession of works of art have graced the Fourth Plinth.  What will be next?  You can have your say.   Five contenders for the next occupant are on show at the National Gallery, all touting for your vote.  The Cultural Wednesday family visited on Saturday and cast our votes.  Who will you choose?

Fourth Plinth

A VW van, topped with scaffolding, barrels and a ladder, a construction that looks as if a strong gust of wind would whoosh it off the Fourth Plinth is the work of Damian Ortega.  Precarious but colourful, it would brighten up Trafalgar Square.

Fourth Plinth

I confess that I’m not sure what is represented by Huma Bhabha’s offering, maybe that is why it is “Untitled”.  To me it looks like a space helmet on top of a furry animal body.

Fourth Plinth

Maybe the Fourth Plinth should be topped off with a swirl of cream and a cherry like an ice cream sundae.  Heather Phillipson has imagined just that but with the addition of both a giant fly and a drone that will broadcast live pictures of Trafalgar Square to your mobile.  I quite like the idea of interactivity.

Fourth Plinth

How about a recreation of the Assyrian winged bull that was destroyed by ISIS in Mosul.  Not a reproduction in the original marble but made of date syrup cans to represent the Iraqi date industry that has also been destroyed by the war.  I love the colours of the syrup tins.

Fourth Plinth

Maybe colour isn’t your thing.  “The Emperor’s Old Clothes” is a ghostly white presence imperial robes but without a body.  The robes of office but without the reassuring substance of a body.

We each chose different works for our vote.

STOP PRESS:  And the winners are ….. the Assyrian Winged Bull and the Swirl of Cream.  Click here to see the Lammasu on his Plinth.

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  1. March 7, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    They are all very different, aren’t they? I thought the second one was a tree trunk but I like the final one.

  2. March 8, 2017 / 5:30 pm

    For me I love the fact that Isis destroyed work can be recreated to make sure it’s never forgotten

  3. March 12, 2017 / 8:18 am

    Oh that’s a tricky choice – the drone idea is fun and the ghostly robes definitely make you think but I would have to go for the recreation of the Assyrian bull. Thought provoking in its own way. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  4. March 16, 2017 / 5:15 pm

    I don’t know what I’d choose #farawayfiles

  5. March 16, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    I like the swirl of cream and I think all the kids would like it too. My favourite recent one was the blue french cockerel. Thanks for sharing on #farawayfiles

  6. Clare Thomson
    March 17, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    I’d go for the Assyrian bull. I love the colours, the fact that it’s made out of recycled materials and the important message. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  7. March 21, 2017 / 5:04 pm

    Oh this is so cool! I used to volunteer for the Arts Council in my Oregon suburb and we had a public sculpture collection and would put one up each year for the community to vote on – whichever one won was purchased by the city and added to the collection. I personally would pick the Assyrian remix – please post when they decide! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Erin

    • Catherine
      March 21, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      Will keep you posted xx

  8. April 12, 2018 / 10:21 pm

    I liked the whipped cream with a cherry on top until I realized it had a fly. I do rather like the one that won, and the meaning behind it. Which did you vote for?

    • Catherine
      April 12, 2018 / 10:26 pm

      The whipped cream one will be on the Plinth after 2020. I voted for the one that won but the teens opted for the whipped cream and its interactivity

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