david shrigley shortlisted for the fourth plinth commission

6 January 2014
Over the past seven years the Fourth Plinth in the northwest corner of Trafalgar Square has become home to some of the world's most innovative artworks. This year, David Shrigley is one of the six artists included on the shortlist for the Fourth Plinth commission 2015/2016.

Two artists from the shortlist will be selected by a panel of experts chaired by writer Ekow Eshun. The two selected artists will be announced by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in early 2014. Their works will be unveiled in Trafalgar Square in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

David Shrigley has proposed a giant hand in a thumbs-up gesture. 'Really Good' would be cast in bronze with the same dark patina as the other statues in the Square, the comic extension of the thumb bringing it up to ten metres in height. Shrigley's ambition is that this will become a self-fulfilling prophecy; that things considered ‘bad', such as the economy, the weather and society, will benefit from a change of consensus towards positivity.

Follow the link below to see images of David Shrigley's maquette for 'Really Good'. You can also view a 360º tour of the temporary exhibition that was held in the nearby church of St Martin-in-the-Fields when the artists were invited to create miniature versions of their proposed works.

Cast your vote here for who you think should occupy the prestigious Fourth Plinth.

David Shrigley in Fourth Plinth commission shortlist.