Saturday, 21 March 2015

The Fourth Plinth - Gift Horse by Hans Haacke

The new art work on the fourth plinth is a skeletal horse by Hans Haacke. It’s intended to make a sardonic reference to the equestrian statue of William IV, by Sir Francis Chantrey, that sits on top of the north eastern plinth.  The statues act as a nice set of bookends either side of the square.

The work includes an electronic ribbon displaying stock market data to depict the link between power, money and history. Personally I would prefer a statue to the men and women that have protested and held rallies in the square over many years.  Could be that a permanent reminder of the poll tax riots would be too much for Boris Johnson to stomach?

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