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Fourth Plinth: there’s a new kid on the block

Posted at 3:00 pm, February 23, 2012 in News
Elmgreem & Dragset © Sonya Barber

There was a flurry of activity in sunny Trafalgar Square this morning as Elmgreen & Dragset’s new sculpture ’Powerless Structures, Fig. 101′ was unveiled by Joanna Lumley. We chatted to the artists about the giant golden boy on the rocking horse and they told us: ‘Life isn’t only about victory or defeat. It can be perfectly fantastic without winning the X-Factor. At this boy’s age, there is no fear. We want people to be less fearful of the future. When we grew up, we thought everything in the future would be faster, bigger and better. If we only speak of wars, the next generation is going to be massively depressed. Our fear is our own worst enemy and we want this to be a positive message for Londoners’. Gleaming in the sun this morning with everyone smiling up at it, suddenly life did seem a little brighter. Sonya Barber

For info, see london.gov.uk/fourthplinth.

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