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Trafalgar Square, an area for demonstrations on the streets of London with walkways and statues commemorating the Capital and beyond, has revealed its new ‘Fourth Plinth’ installation, by the artist David Shrigley.

It’s essentially a giant thumbs up in the centre of Trafalgar Square.

According the official London government website, Shrigley, a previous Turner Prize nominee, says the piece is based on his ‘ambition that this simple gesture will become a self-fulfilling prophecy; that things considered ‘bad’ such as the economy, the weather and society, will benefit from a change of consensus towards positivity.’

Shrigley, who made the headlines last year, when he designed the character, Kingsley, the mascot for Partick Thistle’s football season, said it was a ‘real privilege’ at the unveiling of the London project.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said: "What it represents is so important - optimism, positivity, the best of us. This sculpture is so important showing Londoners…tourists…that London is open.

"The changing artworks on Fourth Plinth continue to be a source of delight, discussion and debate and I am proud to be the mayor of a city that has such an energetic and vibrant cultural life," he added.


Artist Shrigley gives London the ‘Thumbs-Up’
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