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The Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth

Amazing work and historical notes

Stephen Liddell

The Fourth Plinth is probably the most famous public art commission in the world and it all began back in 1994 when after 150 years with an empty plinth, Prue Leith, then chair of the Royal Society of Arts wrote a letter to the Evening Standard suggesting that something should be done about the empty plinth in Trafalgar. This sparked a flurry of public debate. Five years later, it hosted the first artwork, ‘Ecce Homo’ by Mark Wallinger and ever since, the Mayor of London’s Fourth Plinth programme has invited leading artists to make sculptures for the plinth. These artworks have so far included a bright blue cockerel, a golden rocking horse and even people themselves standing on the plinth for 100 days.

No wonder then that the Fourth Plinth has attracted a huge amount of public interest and when I give my tours it is a pretty regular occurence…

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