Fourth Plinth

How London Created the Smallest Sculpture Park in the World


The story of the most talked-about – and controversial – public art programme in the UK, and a celebration of the place of art in London’s daily life.


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A marble statue of a heavily pregnant disabled artist, a scale model of Nelson’s HMS Victory with African print sails inside a huge bottle, and a giant cockerel in striking blue are just some of the controversial and political art works that have added a modern and provocative element to the north-west corner of London’s Trafalgar Square. International artists of the likes of Antony Gormley, Hans Haacke, Rachel Whiteread, Mark Wallinger, Yinka Shonibare, Elmgreen and Dragset are among those to have been selected to create a work for the space. The results have divided opinion across the capital and beyond, prompting debate not only about the merits of each commission, but also about the value of art in the public realm. This book tells the story of the ongoing Fourth Plinth programme from its inception to the very latest commission, David Shrigley’s Really Good, to be unveiled in September 2016. Individual chapters present the background and genesis of each work, with behind-the-scenes views of the fabrication, contributions from some of the many individuals involved in the projects, including the artists, and in situ shots of all the installed works. And just as every commission reflects varied aspects of London’s past and present as a global capital, the book, too, celebrates the impact of contemporary art on the vibrant, creative and multi-cultured city that it is today – one that has created the smallest but the most-talked-about sculpture park in the world.

Additional information

Weight 1150 g
Dimensions 21.7 x 26.6 cm
Publisher name Art Books Publishing Ltd
Publication date 1 December 2016
Number of pages 208
Format Hardback
Contributors Foreword by Grayson Perry, Text by Isabel de Vasconcellos
Dimensions 21.7 x 26.6 cm
Weight 1150 g


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Grayson Perry CBE RA is an internationally celebrated artist, writer and broadcaster. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2003 and was elected a Royal Academician in 2012. Isabel de Vasconcellos is a writer, curator and arts advisor based in London.