David Shrigley Announced as 2016 Forth Plinth Commission Winner
10 February 2014
Stephen Friedman Gallery have just announced that the critically acclaimed artist David Shrigley has been selected for the Forth Plinth commission, and the witty humoured artist will be unveiling his dark patina bronze extended ‘thumbs up’ gesture, Really Good, during the summer of 2016. Shrigley intends to improve things which we consider ‘bad’, like the economy and weather, by installing a 10 meter sign of positivity for the public, and hopes the work will become a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ which will make London and the UK a better place.
Shrigley, famed for creating I’m Dead signs for taxidermy animals and humorous stylistic line drawings, narrowly missed out on the coveted 2013 Turner Prize, but has had successful shows at both the Hayward Gallery and BALTIC centre. Now Shrigley joins the list of prolific artists who have previously showcased their work on Trafalgar Square’s Forth Plinth including; Mark Quinn’s marble pregnant woman, and Anthony Gormley’s open-mike stage.
German conceptual artist Hans Haacke was likewise selected to showcase his sculpture, a skeleton of a traditional equestrian statue, entitled Gift Horse. His simplistic idea echoes the other sculptures in Trafalgar Square and will make a much more subtle statement – one about history and power in contrast to the current striking centrepiece Katharina Fritsch’s Blue Cockerel.
Shrigley’s work will moreover be included in the forthcoming group exhibition, Study from the Body, at Stephen Friedman Gallery from March 14th, alongside Yinka Shonibare MBE and Francis Bacon.