In London’s Trafalgar Square, artist David Shrigley has unveiled his fourth plinth commission. A massive, seven-meter-tall hand that displays a thumbs-up gesture is a symbol of something somewhere being “really good,” with an unusually long digit to represent the concept.
Shrigley’s giant thumb is overly long compared to the other four fingers. One of the reasons this sculpture was created is to reinforce the idea that a simple gesture can alter an individual’s thoughts and thus change the course of future events, such as the economy, the weather, and society.
The fourth plinth was constructed in Trafalgar Square in 1841 and was originally intended to be used for a statue of William IV, but insufficient funds prevented this. Katharina Fritsch’s sculpture of a massive blue rooster is now on display at the site.
Sadik Khan, the mayor of London, proclaimed, “I am happy to announce David Shrigley’s work.” London remains full of creativity and positivity with a wonderful “giant thumbs up” that shows we are open to the world. I believe that Shrigley’s greatest talent is his ability to inspire the imaginations of all kinds of people from different backgrounds and age groups, and I know that this commission will be an incredible success and will only add to London’s status as a cultural powerhouse.
In so many ways, the fourth plinth is a best reflection of london – a creative, pioneering, surprising and enjoyable experience for millions of londonians and visitors worldwide who every year go to the Trafalgar Square.’
via Design Boom