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Rocking all over the plinth 
27th-Feb-2012 03:37 pm
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Last week the new artwork went up on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, "Powerless Structures, Fig. 101" by Elmgreen & Dragset:

Eh. Having seen photos I was hopeful but up close I really don't like it. It looks cheap and tacky. And I know it's meant to have a faux-naïf thing going on and be a bit kitsch but that's not how it comes across up close - more like it was hastily assembled after coming out of a giant Kinder egg. Hey maybe that's what all those eggs are about:

Anyway the fact that the child on a rocking horse is a comment on the horse-riding military statue that was originally meant to occupy the Fourth Plinth is another thing that makes this a bit meh for me. I mean it's all very well, but the previous artwork was Yinka Shonibare’s "Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle." Which also made an ironic comment on the location. So it's a bit like the new one's a naffer version of the previous artwork.

Oh well, I liked the Shonibare one and there's a campaign to get it permanently moved here to Greenwich to the Maritime Museum. So that'd be good. Meanwhile here's the Fourth Plinth website. And the egg one. They're basically like the elephants we had before. And there was something else before the elephants, wasn't there? Wasn't there? It's really annoying me trying to remember now.
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