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Fourth Plinth commissions for Trafalgar Square announced

  • March 16, 2024
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Fourth Plinth commissions for Trafalgar Square announced

Tschabalala Self and Andra Ursuţa were today announced by the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group as the artists chosen to have their sculptures installed on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2026 and 2028 respectively. They were selected from a shortlist which included other artists, Chila Kumari Singh Burman; Gabriel Chaile; Ruth Ewan; Thomas J Price and Veronica Ryan.

The winning artworks were independently chosen by the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, chaired by Ekow Eshun. The public were invited to have their say, which informed the decision of the commissioning group.

Lady in Blue by Tschabalala Self pays homage to a young, metropolitan woman of colour inspired by a desire to bring a contemporary ‘everywoman’ to Trafalgar Square. Made of bronze, the work will be patinated with Lapis Lazuli blue, a rare and refined pigment that has been used since antiquity.

Untitled by Andra Ursuţa sees the artist present a hollow, life-sized person on a horse covered in a shroud and cast in a slime-green resin. The sculpture embodies multiple histories of public sculpture and commemoration at a time when there is increasing debate about the use of public space.

The Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square is one of the most important art commissions worldwide, putting new work by internationally renowned artists into the heart of London. This year marks 25 years since the first work, Ecce Homo by Mark Wallinger, was unveiled in 1999. 14 works have been displayed on the iconic site to date, with Samson Kambalu’s Antelope currently in situ.  Improntas (Imprints) by Teresa Margolles has already been announced as the next sculpture on the Fourth Plinth and will be installed in September 2024.

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