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A big blue cockerel for Trafalgar Square


Posted by Mark Sinclair, 14 January 2011, 11:18    Permalink    Comments (21)

The next two commissions for the Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square will include a bronze figure of a boy on a rocking horse by artists Elmgreen & Dragset and a large ultramarine cockerel (above, in case you missed it) by Katharina Fritsch...

Berlin and London-based artists Elmgreen & Dragset will unveil their sculpture, Powerless Structure, Fig. 101 in 2012; while Fritsch's sculpture, Hahn/Cock, will appear in 2013.

The German artist is well known for her dense, richly coloured pieces and we think it will prove to be a great addition to the Fourth Plinth series. The cockerel apparently references the animal motifs that appear in modernist art and symbolises regeneration, awakening and strength.

Moreover, Fritsch has said that she wanted to create something that was both serious and humorous and that would stand out against the greyness of the square's existing architecture.


So incongruous, so blue, and such an ugly silhouette! It will look fabulous on top of the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.
Yasmin Chopin Interior Design
Yasmin Chopin
2011-01-14 11:37:00

Vive la France!
2011-01-14 12:13:59

There's a cockerel joke in there somewhere...
2011-01-14 12:17:20

I love the cockerel, but I'm not so sure about rocking horse lad. Is there any significance behind that?
2011-01-14 12:31:55

new Monopoly counters maybe?
2011-01-14 12:43:02

That chicken could be the work of Maurice Cockrill RA
Richard Evans
2011-01-14 12:50:50

...hard to believe.
Who and why decides that?
marcel garbi
2011-01-14 13:17:48


Is the lad on the rocking horse not an 'ironic' nod to the traditional fearless soldier on bucking stallion sculptures found around and about the place?
2011-01-14 13:26:41

She's a Spurs supporter obviously ! COYS!
Pete Moss
2011-01-14 13:42:04

Does it mean Tories are cocks?
2011-01-14 13:59:04

So a big blue cockerel standing in TRAFALGAR SQ has absolutely nothing to do with the French? Looks like a proud cockerel standing behind Nelson, but then I suppose it a tribute to how far we have mover on.
2011-01-14 14:34:19

That cock looks really nice...
2011-01-14 15:14:14

Spurs fan. COYS.
James Greenfield
2011-01-14 16:25:10

A giant blue cockerel. I like it, very random!
2011-01-14 17:22:33

I'm pretty much always in favour of a big cock..erel.
2011-01-14 19:28:27

Def an excuse to get a cock on a plinth. Next up the magenta c*ck. Internet, I salute you.
Adam Smith
2011-01-14 21:01:04


Yep, I didn't really read anything about it before - turns out to be a really lovely idea. Instead of focusing on successes and achievements of the past, it's looking to the victories and prosperity of the future. Good stuff.
2011-01-15 01:04:18

The British and the French are set to have a joint naval force so why not have a symbol of France in Traf Sq
2011-01-15 10:21:13

love the cockerel, though the papers are going to have a field day when they hear about it..
Elliot Ross
2011-01-18 09:01:58

That colour is awesome! It is dark yet almost glows?
2011-01-18 10:14:14

Brilliance! Cobalt blue never looked so good since Matisse!
2011-02-15 04:02:00

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