UK Giant bright blue cock erected on fourth plinth in London's Trafalgar Square

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  1. wfgodot

    wfgodot Former Member

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    Big blue cock erected on fourth plinth in London's Trafalgar Square. (Guardian)
    London mayor Boris Johnson unveils Katharina Fritsch's Hahn/Cock, the latest artwork to fill square's empty plinth
    more, with a video, at the link
     
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  3. STANDREID

    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

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    Why isn't it purple?
     
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    montana_16 Active Member

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    Thank goodness it wasn't what I thought it was.
     
  5. ArianeEmory

    ArianeEmory I know the pieces fit

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    (Resisted urge to link photo of the Cerne Abbas Giant)
     
  6. fhc

    fhc New Member

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    from your link:

    Noting the fact that the cockerel is the national emblem of France (a connection registered by Fritsch, she said, only once she had proposed the idea), he added: "I hope French people will not take it as excessive British chauvinism – but for me it stands for the recent British triumph in the Tour de France, which we have won twice in a row … it is a symbol of French sporting pride, brought like a chicken to London. We have mounted this French cock at the heart of our imperial square."

    Hahn/Cock, which was selected by the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group (a body that includes artists Grayson Perry and Jeremy Deller), will occupy Trafalgar Square for 18 months.
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    Could also be seen as a visual homage to the Picts, who legend has it were the "blue men of Caledonia."
     
  8. fred&edna

    fred&edna Well-Known Member

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    The comments at the link are quite entertaining, too
     
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    wfgodot Former Member

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    I love it,- what would be the reaction if this was in the USA??
     
  12. Dewey2Me1MoThyme

    Dewey2Me1MoThyme Have clue will sleuth!

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    These men don't look happy about the unveiling

    [video=youtube;QM-mfEMssy8]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM-mfEMssy8[/video]
     
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    revampz New Member

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    Now that was certainly a title of a thread that made me want to read on!!
     
  14. Gardenlady

    Gardenlady Active Member

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    Oh wow, I love this. Both the article and the, er, cock. :D

    It would never happen in the US. Either the same people who get in a huff over breasts in public art would raise an uproar, or, more likely, the humor and various meanings of it would be completely missed.
     
  15. Cherry

    Cherry Pie

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    Love the PR, article title and such; but LOVE how the Cock looks out over the Square itself. Brilliant!
     
  16. STANDREID

    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

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    I thought maybe Prince Philip had wandered out again.
     

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