The Fourth Plinth, in Trafalgar Square, was built in 1841 to hold an equestrian statue of William IV.
But, due to insufficient funds, it remained vacant until 1999, when it was turned into a display for contemporary art.
The frist work to be exhibited was Mark Wallinger’s “Ecce Homo”.
Each work is displayed for 12 to 18 months and have included the naked pregnant body of the disabled artist Alison Lapper, sculpted by Marc Quinn, a wax statue of footballer David Beckham and, more recently, a blue cock!
It is not an easy task to exhibit modern art in a historical place, in front of one of the most famous art galleries in the world, and the works have been hugely criticised!
But these sculptures are becoming part of the square, like Nelson’s Column and the bronze lions!
In March 2015, Hans Haacke’s “Gift Horse”, a tribute to the economist Adam Smith and to the English painter George Stubbs, was unveiled.
Tied to the horse’s front leg is an electronic ribbon displaying live the ticker of the London Stock Exchange, completing the link between power, money and history.
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