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Giant cockerel roosts on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth

Posted at 8:00 am, July 25, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Outdoor London
Katharina Fritsch's cockerel

Okay, perhaps he isn’t roosting as such, but Katharina Fritsch’s sculpture ‘Hahn/Cock’ is certainly giving the pigeons a run for their money. And, at 4.7m (14ft) high he cuts an impressive figure as the latest installation in Trafalgar Square.

After an initial spot of controversy where it was called ‘totally inappropriate, however fanciful and dramatic it appears to be’ by the Thorney Island Society, we are pleased to hear that the big blue cock will be perched from July 25 2013 – July 25 2014.

The German artist says her bright blue cock-a-doodle-doo is a comment on male posturing, but also symbolises regeneration, awakening and strength. The Herculean ‘Hahn/Cock’ follows a statue by Scandinavian art duo Elmgreen & Dragset of a boy riding a rocking horse as the latest commission for the empty north-west plinth. Kitty Knowles

Katharina Fritsch’s ‘Hahn/Cock‘ will be on the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square  from July 25 2013 – July 25 2014. Read our interview with Katharina Fritsch or visit our guide to London’s best public art.

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