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.