Posted on July 25, 2013 at 8:08 AM
LONDON—This might ruffle a few feathers. A giant blue rooster was unveiled Thursday next to the somber military monuments in London’s Trafalgar Square.
German artist Katharina Fritsch’s 15-foot (4.7 meter) ultramarine bird, titled “Hahn/Cock,” is intended as a playful counterpoint to the statues of martial heroes in the square.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said it would be a “talking point for Londoners and tourists alike.”
It is the latest in a series of artworks to adorn the vacant “Fourth Plinth” in the square that is home to Nelson’s Column.
Previous works have included a giant ship in a bottle and 2,400 members of the public who stood atop the plinth for an hour at a time.
The rooster will remain for 18 months.