Posted by: crisdiaz24 | January 25, 2009



One of London’s MOST famous statues can be found in Trafalgar Square, named in honour of Admiral Nelson’s naval victory OVER France at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. As WELL as a five-metre statue of the Admiral at the top of the imposing Nelson’s Column, the square ALSO contains four large pedestals, or plinths, two with sculptures of 19th century military generals, and ANOTHER supporting a statue of King George IV. An equestrian statue was planned for the fourth plinth in 1841, but the city ran OUT of money and it remained empty for 160-ODD years.

Then, in 2005, it was occupied by a controversial sculpture of a naked, disabled and pregnant woman. Entitled Alison Lapper Pregnant, it depicted a disabled artist BEFORE she gave birth to her son. Whilst many criticised the statue AS unsuitable for such a famous public space, others welcomed it AS a celebration of human diversity which challenged people’’ views of disability. As with its successors, the sculpture was only ever intended to occupy the plinth FOR a brief period, and it was replaced in 2007.


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