The four corners of Trafalgar Square are marked by plinths which frame its composition and mark the terrace created to accommodate the sloping site. Sir Charles James Napier and Sir Henry Havelock stand proudly at the corners to the south of the Square. The equestrian statue of George IV, that was initially intended to adorn Marble Arch, has occupied the plinth at the north west corner of the Square since 1843. The fourth plinth is empty.

The choice of subject matter for the fourth plinth has been the subject of interest. While consideration is given to the most appropriate statue or work of art to place permanently on the empty plinth, the Royal Society of Arts commissioned a series of temporary artworks for the site.

Contemporary photograph by Jeremy Young

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