A golden boy on a golden rocking horse. Boris announced earlier today that Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset have won the 2012 commission for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, which will replace Yinka Shonibare's giant ship in a bottle. Cute, no?
Image courtesy of the Victoria Miro Gallery, London
And here is the spiel:
"In this portrayal of a boy astride his rocking horse, a child has been elevated to the status of a historical hero, though there is not yet a history to commemorate - only a future to hope for. Elmgreen & Dragset's work proposes a paraphrase of a traditional war monument beyond a dualistic worldview predicated on either victory or defeat. Instead of acknowledging the heroism of the powerful, Powerless Structures, Fig. 101celebrates the heroism of growing up."
Fair enough. These words are also courtesy of the Victoria Miro Gallery.