Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Blue Cockerel Rumpus

The next artwork due to rise to the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square is Katharina Fritch's 14ft Blue cockerel, providing it gets planning permission from Westminster Council. Conservation group Thorney Island Society has written to the Council complaining that the chicken is "a feeble distraction", "inappropriate" for Trafalgar Square (CLICK). In short the Society has given Katharina's bird the bird. With the exception of Marc Quinn's Alison Lapper Pregnant from 2005 (CLICK), all the artworks on the fourth plinth have been feeble distractions, inappropriate for Trafalgar Square. So why suddenly complain about a blue chicken? CLICK to read the Thorney Island Society's pdf file on this application.


At 3/5/13, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ken Livingstone ruined the experience of going to Trafalgar Square by getting rid of the pigeons. Maybe if they come back they will like it. Other than the colour being lovely, it's an eyesore and not in keeping with the beauty of the Square. Wasn't Ken Livingstone responsible for the fourth plinth? You're right about the Alison Lapper statue, it was beautiful. She was recently on Child of Our Time. That programme was when we were first introduced to that brave and beautiful lady over 10 years ago.

At 4/5/13, Blogger Ian Cox said...

Pigeon poo everywhere! They needed to get rid of those rats in the sky. If you want to feed birds, go to St James Park. If you're lucky, you'll see a pelican eat a pigeon. Yes, it has been seen and photographed! A pigeon is just the right size for a peckish pelican.

That ghastly blue is one of main things that the Thorney Island Society is complaining about. It would be an eyesore, totally out of keeping with the stone facades of places like The National Gallery.

A blown-up copy of Quinn's Alison Lapper Pregnant statue featured in the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games. Not exactly beautiful, but certainly inspiring. She is a mouth artist, you know, and sells her work.


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