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“... and now it's different again”

Gift Horse on the Fourth Plinth
Ranked #787 of 1,870 things to do in London
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Now (just opened) it's The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist by Michael Rakowitz, a recreation of the Lamassu, a winged bull and protective god that stood at the entrance to the Nergal Gate of Nineveh from around 700BCE. The original was destroyed by ISIS in the Mosul Museum and has been rebuilt and the colours come from empty Iraqi date syrup cans, a now destroyed export for that country.
And it looks (literally) brilliant and is just the right size for the plinth.

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

The fourth plinth changes all the time.

At the moment it is a large black thumb, almost like it wants an extra large 7 Up.

Thank PrestonGuild
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

The fourth plinth on Trafalgar Square close to the National Gallery has developed into a contemporary art project. At our visit (august 2017) the title of the piece of art was “Thumbs up”, a message well needed in these times.

Thank Gunnar G
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Reviewed 26 June 2017

Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth was originally built in 1841 to hold a statue of King William IV. However due to a lack of funds, the plinth was never occupied. Rather than leave the column empty, the plinth is now used for a changing series of commissioned art works. Currently “Really Good” by David Shrigley, a seven metre high hand giving a thumbs up gesture is on display. The Mayor of London’s Fourth Plinth programme has installed artworks varying from a giant blue cockerel to a ship in a bottle. Why not seek out the Fourth Plinth if you’re in Trafalgar Square?

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Reviewed 14 April 2017

No longer a horse, now a giant thumb. Great talking point. Every time I come to Trafalgar Square I am interested to see what comes next

Thank HatterWilko
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