This 7 metre high sculpture of a hand with an ascending thumb is the 11th artwork to sit on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth.
This piece is the work of David Shrigley, a nominee for the Turner Prize in 2013. He is based in Brighton and is known for his outspoken and opinionated drawings and sculptures. This one, known as Really Good, is cost in bronze to match the other historic statues in the square.
“I guess this is a work about making the world a better place or it purports to actually make the world a better place,” he said at the opening.
The Fourth Plinth Programme invites world-class artists to make new works to fill the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square. Intended originally to hold an equestrian statue of William IV, it remained empty due to lack of funds. This is the latest piece in a project that started in 1999 when Mark Wallinger installed Ecce Homo.
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 10 November 2016
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