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New Trafalgar Square art under consideration

sqSix proposals have been considered as the next artwork to grace London’s Trafalgar Square on the Fourth Plinth. Two of the prospect ideas came from the duo groups of Cuba’s Guillermo Calzadilla and the US’s Jennifer Allora and the group of Norwegian Ingar Dragset and Denmark’s Michael Elmgreen.

Other artists that are under consideration include Londoner Brian Griffiths, Edinburgh Hew Locke, and Germans Mariele Neudecker and Katharina Fritsch. Mayor Boris Johnson will announce the winner at the beginning of 2011, with the work due for installation in 2012.

Currently Yinka Shonibare’s ‘Ship in a Bottle’ is the occupant of the space.  The work was unveiled last May and is a too scale replica of the HMS Victory that commemorates both the 50th year of independence in Nigeria and the Battle of Trafalgar.

The ship took the place of a statue of WWII war hero Sir Keith Park and a project by Antony Gormley that allowed the public to talk to crowds from the plinth.

Scale models of each work to reach the shortlist will be on display at the church next to St. Martin in the Fields starting on August 19th.

Ekow Eshun, the chair of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group stated that his colleagues were excited by the shortlist which includes many top artists from many different nations.


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