The next two commissions to grace the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square were announced this morning. David Shrigley’s ‘Really Good’ got the thumbs up along with Hans Haacke’s ‘Gift Horse’.
Shrigley, who was pipped to the 2013 Turner Prize by Laure Prouvost, said he never expected to win that honour but said of the Fourth Plinth commission, ‘I did really want to win this.’
His ten metre-high sculpture of an elongated ‘thumbs up’ will bring some positive energy to the square, ‘All my work has comedy to it, we all need a bit of comedy,’ said Shrigley. ‘But I’m looking forward to the public debate as your work changes in a public space. What’s exciting is that it’s an opportunity to make something on a scale you couldn’t possibly imagine yourself.’
You’ll have to wait until the summer of 2016 to see ‘Really Good’ as Hans Haacke’s riderless horse skeleton will be unveiled first, appearing on the plinth in 2015. Also a bronze sculpture, the German artist’s darkly ironic take on equestrian statues will have the addition of a ticker tied to one of the horse’s front legs that will display a live feed of the London Stock Exchange. We just hope the ticker shows as much optimism as Shrigley’s thumb.
Find out more about the Fourth Plinth at london.gov.uk/fourthplinth and read about five things in London that David Shrigley gives the thumbs up.