Over the years the empty Fourth Plinth in the north west corner of Trafalgar Square has been home to some of the world’s most innovative artworks.
This year the Fourth Plinth Commission has been designed by Katharina Fritsch. Fritsch's sculpture Hahn / Cock, a larger than life cockerel in ultramarine blue, communicates on a number different levels. First of all is the consideration of the formal aspect of its placement; the mostly grey architecture of Trafalgar Square will receive an unexpectedly strong colour accentuation. Both the size and contrasting colour of the animal will create a surreal and simply unusual situation.
The cockerel also stands as a symbol for regeneration, awakening and strength and finally, the work refers, in an ironic way, to male-defined British society and thoughts about biological determinism. Katharina Fritsch will unveil her Fourth Plinth Commission in Trafalgar Square on 25 July 2013.
'Katharina Fritsch: Fourth Plinth Commission'
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25 July to early 2015
Katharina Fritsch 'Hahn / Cock' (Maquette) Steel, epoxy and paint
© Katharina Fritsch Courtesy the artist and White Cube