Trafalgar Square to welcome new art commission

The latest artistic commission for the fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square will be unveiled later this month, it has been announced. The sculpture, entitled Powerless Structures, Fig 101, will be on show in from Thursday February 23rd until April 1st.

Constructed by the Scandinavian artistic duo Elmgreen and Dragset, it is cast in bronze and depicts a child on a rocking horse in a pose reminiscent of traditional horseback war heroes.

Instead of celebrating the heroism of the rich and powerful whose deeds are often glorified in history, the sculpture aims to lionise the modest heroism of simply growing up.

The prime location of the sculpture, just outside the National Gallery, means that it could be ideal for tourists staying in nearby The Montcalm London Marble Arch hotel.

Announcing the imminent unveiling of the commission, Boris Johnson, the mayor of London said that the fourth plinth remains an extraordinary “crucible” for contemporary art.

“It continues to spark the imagination and there has been a tremendous response from the public,” he said.

“As we head towards 2012 – a pivotal year for culture as well as sport – these witty and enigmatic creations underline London’s position as one of the most exciting cities for art and are sure to keep people talking.”

The selection was made by the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, which is chaired by writer and former executive director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Ekow Eshun.

Mr Eshun said that the selection of Elmgreen and Dragset’s “imaginative and arresting” artwork further underscores the significance and reputation of the fourth plinth as the most significant public art commission in Britain.

Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have been artist-collaborators since 1995 and are known for the subversive humour, wit and cultural concerns that are often incorporated into their artistic work.

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