Fourth Plinth one space, five ideas

Fourth Plinth: What will go on the plinth next?

Five works have been shortlisted, and what goes next onto the plinth will be decided by the Fourth Plinth panel. But before that happens, we want to know what you think of these works, which ones you like the most and why.

Huma Bhabha: Untitled


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This large and imposing figure made of bronze, but appearing to be made from brown cork and white polystyrene.

It combines the future and the past – reminiscent of a sci-fi creature on one hand, but of the kind of primitive sculpture which inspired by artists such as Picasso and Rodin.

Huma Bhabha was born in 1962 in Karachi, Pakistan. She lives and works in New York.

Damián Ortega: High Way

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Ortega plays with our sense of scale and balance. Made of everyday, recognisable items – a Volkswagen truck, some scaffolding, barrels and ladders.

It looks as though it has been assembled in a precarious way and could topple at any moment.  It shows us how invention is often borne of necessity, especially for artist who often work with little or no budget and in informal and spontaneous ways.

Damián Ortega was born in 1967 in Mexico City, where he lives and works.

Heather Phillipson: The End

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THE END is a colossal mound of whipped cream - that appears about to collapse over the side of the plinth.

There’s a cherry on the top, an enormous fly alighted on the side, and a whirling, illuminated contraption, which turns out to be a drone, sending out simultaneous video pictures of Trafalgar Square, which you can pick up on your mobile phone. Themes of global ennui, surveillance and corporate hubris are hinted at on a gigantic cartoon scale.

Heather Phillipson was born in 1978 in London, where she lives and works.

Michael Rakowitz: The Invisible Enemy Should not Exist

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The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist re-creates an ancient Assyrian image of a winged bull, the Lamassu, destroyed by Isis at Iraq’s Mosul Museum in 2015.

Where the original was carved in marble, this will be made using recycled date syrup cans, relics of a once proud Iraqi industry destroyed, like the bull, by war.

Michael Rakowitz was born in New York in 1973. He lives and works in Chicago.

Raqs Media Collective: The Emperor’s Old Clothes

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The Emperor’s New Clothes fairy-tale, is an idea frequently used to lampoon the pretentiousness of contemporary art.

The Emperor’s Old Clothes is a set of regal robes rendered larger than life size, in white fibre-glass, and left empty of a body. Where traditional statues, of the sort seen elsewhere in the square, reinforce the presence of power, in this work there is a ghostly sense of absence or departure.

Raqs (pronounced Rux) Media Collective was founded in 1992 by Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta.