Fourth Plinth

Fourth Plinth

Located in Trafalgar Square, the Fourth Plinth was built in 1841 and was meant to hold an equestrian statue of William IV but, due insufficient funds, remained empty. Over 150 years later, the Fourth Plinth now hosts a series of commissioned artworks which each occupy the plinth for 18 months and 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.

What's on the Fourth Plinth: Hans Haacke 'Gift Horse'

Hans Haacke's powerful 'Gift Horse' was unveiled on 5 March 2015 in London’s Trafalgar Square.

The sculpture is based on an etching by George Stubbs, the famous English painter whose works you can see in the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square. Tied to the horse’s front leg is an electronic ribbon displaying live the ticker of the London Stock Exchange, completing the link between power, money and history.

‘Gift Horse’ will be on view on the Fourth Plinth until September 5, so do see it before we have to say goodbye.

Watch reactions to Fourth Plinth installation, Gift Horse

Previously on the Fourth Plinth

The previous Fourth Plinth commission, Hahn/Cock by Katharina Fritsch was unveiled in July 2013 in London’s Trafalgar Square. You can find out more information about this commission on the Katharina Fritsch's page.