Fourth Plinth

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The Fourth Plinth Programme is the most talked about contemporary art prize in the UK. Funded by the Mayor of London and supported by Arts Council England, the programme invites world class artists to make astonishing new works for the centre of the capital city.

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The new commission ‘Really Good’ by David Shrigley will be unveiled on 29th September 2016. ‘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.”