Mary Wakefield

What’s your view on the Fourth Plinth?  

What’s your view on the Fourth Plinth?  
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Come on Londoners – it’s judgement day! Now that the new designs for the Fourth Plinth are on display, I think it’s time for us all to have our shout about Thomas Schutte’s Model for a Hotel – that stack of neon plexiglass, to the north-west of Nelson’s column.  Well – here’s my shout anyway: I think it’s a disgrace. Ken told us it would ‘sparkle through the months of winter and lift Londoners' spirits’. Cobblers. It sends my spirits creeping right down into my boots. Against anything but a bright blue sky, the acid yellow looks grubby and the poor thing is far, far too small for such a grand position. The Fourth Plinth is a space for dynamic, new art, it’s one of the most prestigious commissions in Europe, but – most damning of all – most people can’t work up the energy to criticise Model for Hotel. At least Marc Quinn’s pregnant Alison Lapper was controversial.

Written byMary Wakefield

Mary Wakefield is commissioning editor of The Spectator.

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