No Trafalgar Square For HM? But Vile Savage Exalted?


No Room For HM?

London Has Truly Fallen!

No room for Queen Elizabeth II statue on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth, rules Sadiq Khan

London Mayor says existing schedule of temporary modern art commissions will continue with work depicting anti-colonialist revolt

Fourth Plinth
Evil savage Chilembwe

The Mayor of London is certainly unspeakable……

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But no more offensive than a geezer named Samson Kambalu.

Samson Kambalu with his plinth design, Antelope

Mr Kambalu’s work depicts John Chilembwe, the anti-colonialist pastor who led a 1915 revolt against British rule in Nyasaland, now Malawi.  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/royal-family/2022/09/28/no-room-queen-elizabeth-statue-trafalgar-squares-fourth-plinth/

TIME FOR FACT-CHECK!

Chilembewe was a filthy savage.

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Well done, Save Our Statues!

But …

…Mr Khan said the work would “encourage discussion about the fight for freedom and equality.”

And it’s not going to get better any time soon. .

The commission that is set to follow Kambalu’s work, created by the artist Teresa Margolles, depicts the faces of 850 transgender people…

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That’s just nauseating.

Works are chosen by the Fourth Plinth Commission, appointed by the Mayor’s office…. 

   the winning proposal is approved by the Mayor and funded by the Great London Authority at a cost of £140,000, plus a £30,000 artist’s fee. There is a new artwork roughly every two years.

That money comes, of course…

…from the public purse

  the Fourth Plinth scheme, which is one of the most prominent public commissions in the world and has generated controversy over the quality of the artworks erected.

In recent years, these have included a fly-like drone perched on a sculpture depicting an ice cream cone, a golden rocking horse and a giant blue rooster.

Heather Phillipson's sculpture The End has previously occupied the Fourth Plinth
Heather Phillipson’s sculpture The End

The scheme was first proposed in 1994 by Prue Leith, then chairman of the Royal Society of Art…

 Greater London Authority then took over the project….

… Ms Leith said she would prefer to see the Fourth Plinth scheme continue, adding: “It’s really important that the contemporary stuff stays in the square. Each sculpture has had its fans and its detractors. Even if you hate what’s there, you know it’s coming down next year.”