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Gift Horse on the Fourth Plinth

Date uploaded: March 6, 2015

The new commission Gift Horse by artist Hans Haacke, was unveiled on Thursday the 5th of March 2015 in London’s Trafalgar Square. Commissioned by the Mayor of London as part of the Fourth Plinth  Programme, Gift Horse is the tenth sculpture to be unveiled on the celebrated plinth.

Hans Haacke’s Gift Horse depicts a skeletal, riderless horse - a wry comment on the equestrian statue of William IV originally planned for the plinth. Tied to the horse’s front leg is an electronic ribbon displaying live the ticker of the London Stock Exchange, completing the link between power, money and history. The horse is derived from an etching by George Stubbs; the famous English painter whose works are represented in the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square.

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Gift Horse by Hans Haacke

Gift Horse by Hans Haacke