Today, our gaze turns south, towards the ever artistic city of London.
A replica of one of the most stunning natural rock formations found in North Yorkshire, Brimham Rocks, is competing in the run of becoming the displayed artwork on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square in 2014/2015.
The London-based artist Marcus Coates came up with this artistic vision and named his unique sculpture “Unmade Monument”. He states: “I remember seeing [the rock formation] when I was a child and it had profound effects on me. I could see all sorts of faces, shapes and animal forms in it. It ignites your imagination.”
Apart from Marcus’ work, five other artists currently display their ideas for the fourth plinth in the St Martin-in-the-Fields church. The sculptures are extremely varied and reach from “Really Good”, a 10m thumb-up sign by David Shrigley to a “Performing Sculpture” by Liliane Lijn.
“All the artists here have responded in different and unique ways and the singular depth from their careers. We’re very proud of the work here”, as Ekow Eshum, the chair of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group says. The challenge about finding the appropriate artwork for the fourth plinth demonstrates the setting itself: “[Trafalgar Square] is a public space, a busy space, and now it has a history of previous commissions. So each artist has to respond to the past and look to the future.”
Visitors to the exhibition will be asked to post their views on the artwork online.
The fourth plinth was originally designed in 1841 to display an equestrian statue but remained empty until 1998. Since then, the plinth featured works from international artists, having once been home to “One and Other” by Antony Gormley, a very popular installation, enabling a total of 2,400 selected members of the public to each spent one hour -doing whatever they wanted to do- on the plinth.