Not much to say here that hasn’t been said already… there’s a giant blue rooster on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square for the next 18 months or so. Mayor Uncle Bo Jo unveiled the statue 25 July 2013 (insert blue cock jokes here). Best viewed on a sunny day I’d say, as it really is a rather arresting shade of almost Klein blue. And any day is good for a joke about fowl play involving ample azure birds.
More about the giant cock in Trafalgar Square
(The headlines below, if not wildly creative, are mildly amusing. Really, how often does a journalist get to repeat the word ‘cock’ throughout an article, with dubious reference to poultry.)
- Giant 15ft blue cockerel rules the roost in Trafalgar Square as sculpture takes its place on fourth plinth – Helen Lawson – Daily Mail
- Sacre bleu! Lord Nelson now looks down on a giant French cock in Trafalgar Square – Louise Jury – Evening Standard – “The Mayor, whose office funds the projects with Arts Council England, said he thought it important on this occasion for a politician not to venture into interpretation of art.”
- Big blue cock erected on fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square – Charlotte Higgins – The Guardian
- Fourth Plinth Trafalgar Square: Cock, review – Serena Davies – The Telegraph – 3/5 stars – “The predominant impression this giant bird gives, despite its pretty feathers, is that it looks pretty silly. But then Fritsch is a feminist whose intention with this sculpture, which stands 50ft away from Nelson atop his phallic column, is to mock male posturing…”
Exhibition details: Katherina Fritsch’s “Hahn/Cock” is atop the 4th Plinth at Trafalgar Square, London WC2N from 25 July 2013 for about 18 months. Free admission.