— Gift Horse

Tomorrow we say goodbye to Katharina Fritsch’s blue cockerel, and hello to the tenth sculpture exhibited on Trafalgar Square’s celebrated fourth plinth. German artist, Hans Haacke’s ‘Gift Horse’ is based on an etching by George Stubbs.

At four-metres high, the latest commission mimics its neighbouring equestrian statue of George IV, but without the royal embellishment. The giant horse skeleton has a sinister tone, both mocking the original use of the plinth for another equestrian statue of William IV (abandoned due to a lack of funds) as well as laying bare Britain’s class system.

 

Never one to shy away from making a point, Haacke has included an electronic ticker from the London Stock Exchange around the horse’s raised leg to further push home the inequalities of global finance.

 

 

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