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ICA exhibition to trace the development of the iconic Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth

  • Date: 30 November 2012
  • Area: London
Gold painted sculpture of boy on a rocking chair on plinth in Trafalgar Square

'Powerless Structures, Fig. 101' by Elmgreen & Dragset is currently installed on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth. Credit: © James O Jenkins

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), in partnership with the Mayor of London, is to host a major exhibition on the Fourth Plinth, one of today's most celebrated art commissions, from 5 December 2012 - 20 January 2013. 

Fourth Plinth: Contemporary Monument will trace the development of the iconic Fourth Plinth commissioning programme, established in 1998 to install public artworks on the empty plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.

The exhibition will feature work by some of today's most ground-breaking contemporary artists, with scale models of all 21 artworks shortlisted for the commission on display.

The collection will include pieces by Tracey Emin, Mark Wallinger and Rachel Whiteread.

A wide range of historical materials and media will accompany the artworks, exploring the range of responses and reactions the commission has provoked over the past 13 years. 

Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said: 'The Arts Council is pleased to support the Fourth Plinth programme, which gives people the opportunity to enjoy great art produced by some of the best artists around today. From the moment the first commission was unveiled, the Fourth Plinth  became one of the most talked about public art commissions in the country and this exhibition at the ICA will give people a rare chance to see - in one place - the shortlisted art works that have been considered for the plinth over the past 13 years.'

Arts Council England is involved in the Fourth Plinth as a major funder, and through Grants for the arts, it has supported famous commissions including Antony Gormley's One and other (2009).

For further information about the exhibition and to plan your visit, go to the ICA's website.

The ICA is regularly funded as one of our London-based National portfolio organisations. For further information, visit our National portfolio funding pages.