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New sculpture for vacant plinth
Thomas Schutte's Model for a Hotel 2007
Schutte's sculpture will remain in place for 18 months
An abstract sculpture of three buildings is to take up residence on Trafalgar Square's vacant plinth.

Thomas Schutte's Model for a Hotel 2007 is the latest creation selected to occupy the north-west corner spot.

The five-metre sculpture is made from layers of coloured glass said to "collect and reflect the light...like a bright jewel".

It will replace Marc Quinn's Alison Lapper Pregnant on 7 November, said the mayor's office.

The sculpture will remain in place for 18 months.

The so-called fourth plinth was intended for a King William IV statue, but a lack of funds meant it remained empty.

Experts gave up trying to find a permanent fixture for it in the early 1990s, because no-one could agree on what was appropriate.

In 2003, London Mayor Ken Livingstone backed proposals for the plinth to be used as an ever-changing display of artworks.

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