Danish-Norwegian duo brings rocking horse to Trafalgar Square

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Artists Elmgreen & Dragset has won the prestigious competition to create a monument for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2012.

The sculpture by Michael Elmgreen (Denmark) and Ingar Dragset (Norway) that’ll go on display at this famous London location portrays a boy astride his rocking horse and will be cast in bronze.

Describing the monument, Gallery Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen writes:

‘The child is elevated to the status of a historical hero in the context of the iconography of Trafalgar Square. Instead of acknowledging the heroism of the powerful, the work celebrates the heroism of growing up and gently questions the tradition for monuments predicated on military victory or defeat. In this case there is not yet a history to commemorate – only a future to hope for.’

Elmgreen & Dragset have been working together since 1995. They are based in Berlin and in London. They are best known for their Prada Marfa boutique in the Texan dessert and their two Nordic + Danish pavilions contribution "The Collectors" to the last Venice Biennial.

The artist duo has also previously among others had exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery and Tate Modern in London. In 2013 a project with V&A will be unveiled.

Over the past four years the ‘empty’ fourth plinth in the Northwest corner of Trafalgar Square has been home to some of the world’s most innovative artworks. The Plinth was originally designed by Sir Charles Barry in 1841 to display an equestrian statue, however due to insufficient funds the statue was never completed.

In 1998 – over one hundred and fifty years later – the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) commissioned three contemporary sculptures by Mark Wallinger, Bill Woodrow and Rachel Whiteread to be displayed temporarily on the Plinth.

Following the enormous public interest generated by these commissions, The Fourth Plinth has since featured works including Marc Quinn’s Alison Lapper Pregnant (2005), Thomas Schütte’s Model for a Hotel (2007) Antony Gormley’s popular One and Other (2009) and the current commission Yinka Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle (2010).

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