Monday Minstrel–Traditional and Non-traditional.

TRADITIONAL

George IV and Nelson's column

NON-TRADITIONAL

The Gift Horse and Nelson's column

 

Both Traditional and Non-traditional are in London’s Trafalgar Square with Nelson’s column in the background.

The traditional statue is George IV and the other, the skeleton, is on the Fourth Plinth. This plinth was built for an equestrian statue in 1840 and should have had a statue of William IV but insufficient funds meant it never happened. It remained empty until 1999 when it as decided it would host a series of changing works of art. This horse skeleton was atop the Fourth Plinth from March 2015 until September  2016. I took the photo in May of 2016.  It was created by Hans Haacke and the ribbon tied to the skeleton’s leg has a live ticker tape of the London Stock Exchange. It is called The Gift Horse.

 

11 Comments Add yours

  1. oh, wow! Good to know about this!

    Its the non traditional one. That was unique!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it is interesting if somewhat odd. I’ll be in London in June so I’m going to go and see what is on the 4th Plinth now. Thanks for your comment.

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      1. oh, cool. Will wait for pictures! 🙂

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  2. athling2001 says:

    Interesting skeleton statue. Never seen one like that before.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Neither have I. The bow with the LSE ticker running on it was also unique.

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  3. And we all know never to look a gifted horse in the mouth…

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  4. Elizabeth (HorseLover4Ever) says:

    Very interesting!! I always LOVE your Monday Minstrel insights… 🙂

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  5. Elizabeth (HorseLover4Ever) says:

    Very interesting!!! I always LOVE your Monday Minstrel insights… 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. Glad you like the Minstrel.

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  6. Thanks for sharing it

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