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Tuesday, 14 April 2015

The Fourth Plinth

The latest installation on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square is Gift Horse by Hans Haacke. It is a bronze skeleton of a horse based on an etching by George Stubbs. Tied to its front leg is an electronic ribbon which displays live FTSE ticker from the London Stock Exchange.



 Over 150 years ago the fourth plinth was originally planned to display a statue of William IV on a horse. The statue was abandoned due to lack of funds. Haacke wanted to make the link between power, money and history with his sculpture.





If you want to see previous installations on the 4th plinth click here

15 comments:

  1. Nicely shown



    ALOHA from Honolulu,
    ComfortSpiral
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  2. I particularly like the ticker tape.

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  3. Very special statue ! A horse skeleton with a ribbon ! Never seen !

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  4. I like the idea of the sulptor and I think he suceeded very well with this. I like this.

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  5. I wonder why the sculptor decided to do a skeleton. Hmmm

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  6. I wonder if people are missing the big blue rooster. This one is interesting but not nearly so eye catching.

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  7. Hmmm. You know what, I think I kind of understand what he was trying to say.

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  8. Very unique and eye catching. art work! I looked at the prior installments and each were full of of creative expression.

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  9. Beautiful bronze skeleton of a horse... Interesting ribbon also... Someone did a nice job making that one... Gorgeous.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  10. Nice figure and very symbolic. Such a product of creative mind...I understand the ribbon and the horse as a gift but maybe I missed the idea of "skeleton".

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  11. That was a very original idea, to display the stock prices. One must have had to stand on his head to see them1

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  12. that was an interesting tour !!

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  13. Very interesting sculpture. Kinda cool actually and interesting statement to be made.

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