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The Fourth Plinth Shortlist Revealed

The Fourth Plinth Shortlist Revealed

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Updated: 27 January 2016
German artist Hans Haacke uses the original plan for the Fourth Plinth, a statue of William III astride a horse, as the inspiration for his work ‘Gift Horse’. Haacke’s skeletal horse has an electronic ribbon tied to its front leg, which will display the Stock Exchange ticker, and thus link the hierarchies of the 19th century with those of the contemporary world. Hans Haacke, Gift Horse | © James O Jenkins, Courtesy the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

David Shrigley’s ‘Really Good’ embodies the quirkiness and satirical wit which is at the core of the artist’s work. Shrigley says of the work, which will be cast in bronze, that ‘it is my hope that this piece would make Trafalgar Square, London, the UK and the world a better place’. David Shrigley, Really Good | © James O Jenkins, Courtesy the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

Resonant of both Cubism and traditional folk masks of Asia, the ambiguous countenance of Ugo Rondinone’s ‘Moon Mask’ allows for many interpretations; the mask is perhaps screaming in fear, or crying out in joy. The exact significance of this towering sentinel is up to the viewer, which is exactly what Rondinone intended. Ugo Rondinone, Moon Mask | © James O Jenkins, Courtesy the artist and Sadie Coles Gallery, London

Marcus Coates ‘Unmade Monument’ is modeled on a grit stone outcrop in Yorkshire, which has been in the county for hundreds of years. This surreal manifestation of the natural in the midst of Trafalgar Square’s contemporary chaos is intended to evoke the forgotten element of nature within this urban sprawl. Marcus Coates, Unmade Monument | © James O Jenkins, Courtesy the artist, Kate MacGarry, London and Workplace, Gateshead

‘Large Squat Afar’ is an anagram of Trafalgar Square, and Mark Leckey’s works pulls together motifs and fragments from the other statures in the square, and molds them together to create something new, and slightly monstrous. Mark Leckey, Large Squat Afar | © James O Jenkins, Courtesy the artist and Cabinet Gallery, London

Two dancing cones, which combine formal geometry with sensual movement, Liliane Lijn’s ‘The Dance’ is evocative of the spire of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and is typical of her kinetic practice. Liliane Lijn, The Dance | © James O Jenkins, Courtesy the artist and Riiflemaker, London