Bronze Rocking Horse Unveiled on Fourth Plinth

06/09/2012

5th March 2012

A bronze sculpture of a boy on a rocking horse has been unveiled on the famous Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Designed by two Scandinavian artists, the 4.1m high sculpture was funded by the Mayor of London and the Arts Council of England and will remain in place for one year.

In a statement to the press, the artists said that "the image of a young boy astride his rocking horse encourages viewers to consider the less spectacular events in their lives which are often the most important". Mayor of London, Boris Johnson hoped that the sculpture would be a 'gleaming talisman' in the Olympic year.

The famous plinth was built in 1841 and was originally designed to host a bronze equestrian statue of King William IV designed by the renowned architect Sir Charles Barry.

This statue is not the first rocking horse to sit on the fourth plinth. In 2009, Stevenson Brothers took part in Antony Gormley's Fourth Plinth work “One & Other.”

The unique project saw 2,400 people take the space for one hour over the course of 100 days. A Stevenson Brothers rocking horse was proudly displayed to the crowds in Trafalgar Square during this time.