Members of the public have been on it and so has a big blue cock, but what will be next to take pride of place on Trafalgar square’s Fourth Plinth? Six artists’ works have been revealed to potentially take up the spot, which, due to a lack of statue-building funds, was left empty from 1841 up until 1998.
The six designs are: Turner-prize shortlistee David Shrigley’s 10-metre thumbs-up, robotic cones that will ‘dance’ together created by the only woman on the shortlist Liliane Lijne, Londoner Marcus Coates’ replica of a Yorkshire rocky outcrop, a riderless horse’s skeleton by Hans Haacke, Ugo Rondinone’s aluminium-steel Moon Mask and finally, 2008 Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey’s sculpture, which is a melange of all the other plinth statues in the square. Only two of the proposed designs will grace the plinth in 2014 and 2015 and Boris will be announcing the final decision early next year.
So what do you reckon? You can examine the models of the designs for yourself at St Martin-in-the-Fields church near Trafalgar Square until November 17, where you’ll also be invited to post your thoughts about each design online. Ally Swadling