Mayor of London presents Hahn/Cock by Katharina Fritsch on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth. This playful 4.7m high cockerel is made from stainless steel with epoxy outer and saturated in intense, ultramarine blue. The sculpture communicates on a number of levels. Its strong colour and size stands out against the grey formality of Trafalgar Square, while the cockerel itself ironically references a male-dominated British society. The cockerel is also a symbol for regeneration, awakening and strength. As an artist, Fritsch is well known for creating iconic images of animals in a single colour that become instantly familiar.
Hahn/Cock is a striking addition to the Fourth Plinth, which has become one of the world’s most celebrated public art programmes since the Mayor launched the Fourth Plinth Commission in 2005. The programme has seen the site host a range of innovative art commissions including Marc Quinn’s Alison Lapper Pregnant (2005-07), Antony Gormley’s One & Other (2009) and most recently Elmgreen & Dragset’s Powerless Structures, Fig.101 (2012/13). The Fourth Plinth programme is part of the Mayor’s vision for Trafalgar Square to be a vibrant public space and also encourages debate about the importance of public art in the built environment.