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Hahn by Katharina Fritsch, on the Forth Plinth
Trafalgar Square, London, August 2013

The blue cock brightened the fourth plinth from July 2013 until February 2015, when it moved to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. There was no option of crossing Trafalgar Square without spotting the bird which stood 4.72 metres high.

The art displayed on the plinth changes every 2 years, so we’ve had a great selection since this blue bird; we currently have a swirl of cream with a cherry on top. This week the choices for 2022 and 2024 were announced. The first of these will be Samson Kambalu’s Antelope, restaging a 1914 photograph taken in Malawi of the black preacher John Chilembwe and British missionary John Chorley. The second will be Teresa Margolles’s 850 Improntas, featuring casts of the faces of 850 trans people.


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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 8 July 2021

Posted as part of Jude’s Life in Colour

6 replies »

    • I enjoyed this one – bright and bold. Some others have been more abstract, but it’s great to see some striking modern pieces amongst the older more traditional pieces on the other plinths

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