“Kikeriki or Cock-a-Doodle-Do?”

If you happen to visit Trafalgar Square in London during the next few months you will see a curious sight.

Kikeriki1There is an enormous blue rooster perched in the square looking slightly surreal against the formal backdrop of the National Gallery.

This magnificent bird, created by German artist Katharina Fritsch, is 4.72m high and made of fibreglass. It occupies a stone column in the square called the Fourth Plinth.

The sculptures on this plinth are changed every eighteen months and are selected by a panel of specialist advisors . Since its arrival in July 2013, the rooster has proved very popular with Londoners and toursists alike. It makes people smile, provides a great talking-point and generates both inspiration and controversy .

Katharina chose the cockerel to represent strength and regeneration and as a humorous counterbalance to the other very formal statues in the square: “Humour is always a big thing for me. It stops life from becoming too severe. I like English humour. It is often very dark.”

 

Kikeriki2And it was exactly this black humour that Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, picked up on when unveiling the sculpture. He said: “It is marvellous to see the cockerel, which we all know as an unofficial national emblem of France, standing here at the heart of our imperial square. Here where we commemorate Admiral Nelson’s famous sea victory over the French at Trafalgar.”

On the 31st of December, the giant blue bird will be keeping watch over the famous New Year’s Eve celebrations in Trafalgar square where merrymakers jump into the fountains and fireworks light up Nelson on the top of his column . And then in spring 2015 the rooster will be replaced by a new sculpture.

So if you want to see this fanciful and dramatic work of art for yourself, you’d better hurry!

Did you know that cockerels or roosters in Britain say “Cock-a-Doodle-Do” ?

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