Boris Johnson unveils big blue cock in Trafalgar Square

Sculptor Katharina Fritsch has erected her latest art project at the London landmark

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A huge blue cockerel sculpture was unveiled in London by Mayor Boris Johnson, as the capital prepared to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Olympic Games.

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Standing proud on Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth, the sculpture represents British dominance in the Tour de France, yet during the presentation Boris Johnson was fully aware of the double entendres surrounding the project.

“I think if you tried to Google in the future, the Prime Minister would stop you from finding it,” joked the Mayor.

The piece, created by Katharina Fritsch, stands 4.72m high and will remain in the spot for 18 months.

Entitled Hahn/Cock, the sculpture is intended to be humorous and has replaced that of a boy on a rocking horse by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset.

A statue of King William IV sat in this very spot back in 1841. Since then, artists including Mark Wallinger and Rachel Whiteread have produced work for the Fourth Plinth Project.


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