July 19, 2010 / 1:25 PM / 9 years ago

London's "fourth plinth" artists shortlisted

Yinka Shonibare 's installation "Nelson's Ship in a Bottle" sits on the Fourth Plinth after being unveiled in Trafalgar Square, in central London May 24, 2010. REUTERS/Paul Hackett

LONDON (Reuters) - Six candidates have been shortlisted to create the next work for Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth, a podium left vacant when the square was first built and since occupied by a rolling programme of often controversial art works.

Allora and Calzadilla, Elmgreen and Dragset, Katharina Fritsch, Brian Griffiths, Hew Locke, and Mariele Neudecker will vie for one of the most high-profile public art commissions in the UK.

The winner is due to be announced by the Mayor of London early next year, and will take the place of Yinka Shonibare’s “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle” at the end of 2011.

Models of the shortlisted artists’ proposed work will go on show in the crypt of St Martins in the Fields church on August 19.

Previous commissions include Marc Quinn’s sculpture of a nude and heavily pregnant Alison Lapper, who was born without arms and truncated legs. “Alison Lapper Pregnant” divided opinion among art critics and disability campaigners when it was unveiled in 2005.

In Antony Gormley’s “One and Other” (2009) a different member of the public stood on the plinth every hour, 24 hours a day, for 100 days.

Gerald Chong, who destroyed a cardboard replica of the London skyline dressed as Godzilla was a memorable living statue, as was Amanda Hall, who made a full-size Gormley-style human figure out of bread products.

Reporting by Isabel Coles; Editing by Steve Addison

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