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