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Fourth plinth winners announced

Antony Gormley's proposal. Picture by James O Jenkins
Antony Gormley's winning entry seeks to showcase real people

More than 2,400 people will occupy Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth over 100 days as part of a living artwork.

Antony Gormley won the opportunity to showcase The One and the Other. His work will allow volunteers to stand on the plinth, for one hour at a time.

Artist Yinka Shonibare's Nelson's Ship in a Bottle also gets a place on the plinth and reflects multicultural London through HMS Victory's sails.

Gormley and Shonibare beat four other contenders to the honour.

They were Jeremy Deller, Anish Kapoor, Tracey Emin, and Bob and Roberta Smith.

Contemporary society

Turner Prize winner Gormley, who became famous for Gateshead's The Angel of the North, said: "Through elevation onto the plinth and removal from common ground, the body becomes a metaphor, a symbol and allows us to reflect on the diversity, vulnerability and particularity of the individual in contemporary society."


Antony Gormley on The One and the Other

The project will now enter its development phase and a process by which people can register their interest to stand on the plinth will be finalised.

A completion date is yet to be announced.

Yinka Shonibare's proposal. By James O Jenkins
Yinka Shonibare's proposal intends to show the "ethnic" wealth of London

Mr Shonibare said: "For me it's a celebration of London's immense ethnic wealth, giving expression to and honouring the many cultures and ethnicities that are still breathing precious wind into the sails of the UK."

People were able to have their say on the proposed works during a three-month exhibition in The National Gallery and on the Fourth Plinth website.

The winners were announced at City Hall by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

The new artworks will replace Thomas Schutte's Model for a Hotel 2007 which occupied the plinth for more than 18 months.

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