Commissioned by the Mayor of London as part of the Fourth Plinth Programme, 'Really Good' is the eleventh sculpture to stand on Trafalgar Square's celebrated plinth, and will be the first major public art commission to be unveiled under the auspices of the new Mayor for London Sadiq Khan.
'Really Good' sees a ten-metre-high hand giving a thumbs up. Cast in bronze, with the same dark patina as the other statues in Trafalgar Square, the thumb is disproportionately long. Shrigley's ambition is that this simple gesture 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.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: "The positivity and humour evident in David Shrigley's commission 'Really Good' truly encapsulates the spirit of London. The changing artworks on Fourth Plinth continue to be a source of delight, discussion and debate and I am proud to be the Mayor of a city that has such an energetic and vibrant cultural life."