Fourth Plinth Commissions

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David Shrigley ('Really Good')
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'Really Good'

© James O Jenkins. Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Hans Haacke ('Gift Horse')
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'Gift Horse'

© James O Jenkins. Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Liliane Lijn ('The Dance')
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'The Dance'

© James O Jenkins. Courtesy the artist and Riiflemaker, London

Marcus Coates ('Unmade Monument)
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'Unmade Monument

© James O Jenkins. Courtesy the artist, Kate MacGarry, London and Workplace, Gateshead

Mark Leckey (Large Squat Afar)
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Large Squat Afar

© James O Jenkins. Courtesy the artist and Cabinet Gallery, London

Ugo Rondinone ('Moon Mask')
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'Moon Mask'

© James O Jenkins. Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles Gallery, London

It’s only been a couple of months since Katharina Fritsch’s blue cockerel was unveiled in Trafalgar Square and it’s already time to start commissioning the next two artworks that will grace the Fourth Plinth. The six shortlisted proposals are seriously lacking in colour, but fortunately there’s tons of wit to compensate in the maquettes on view. Turner Prize-nominated David Shrigley’s elongated digit will no doubt get a thumbs-up for its upbeat tone, as will Ugo Rondinone’s theatrical ‘Moon Mask’ along with Marcus Coates’s homage to the rugged Yorkshire landscape. Unfortunately we don’t get the last say on what will join Admiral Nelson and his lions in 2015, so fingers crossed the mayor makes the right choice.

Freire Barnes

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