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Shortlist of artists announced for London's "Fourth Plinth" in Trafalgar Square

Ekow Eshun, Chair of the judges looks a model of 'Gift Horse' by Hans Haacke as it is unveiled as a proposed design for the Fourth Plinth at the Crypt, St. Martin-in-the-Fields on September 24, 2013 in London, England. The two selected artists will be announced in early 2014, and their works will be unveiled in Trafalgar Square in 2015 and 2016 respectively. (Photo by Bethany Clarke/Getty Images)

Shortlist of artists announced for London's "Fourth Plinth" in Trafalgar Square

Over

the past seven years the Fourth Plinth in the northwest corner of

Trafalgar Square has become home to some of the world’s most innovative

artworks.

The

plinth was originally designed by Sir Charles Barry in 1841 to display

an equestrian statue, however due to insufficient funds the statue was

never completed.

In 1998 – over one hundred and fifty years later – the

Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

(RSA) commissioned three contemporary sculptures by Mark Wallinger, Bill

Woodrow and Rachel Whiteread to be displayed temporarily on the plinth.



Following the enormous public interest generated by these commissions, the Mayor of London began the Fourth Plinth Programme to continue this tradition and build on its success.

 Here's a look at the artists are on the shortlist for the 2014/2015 Fourth Plinth Commissions and the models of their proposed works on display at St. Martin-in-the-Fields from 25 September until 17 November 2013. (London.gov.uk)