Goodbye from the Big Blue Chicken of London

UPDATE: The chicken’s time is up! A new statue was unveiled for the fourth plinth on 5th March 2015.  Click here to see my photos of “Gift Horse”.

Now back to my original post from September 2013, when I  stopped in London on my way to India, just long enough to see this.

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This big blue bird, entitled “Hahn/Cock” and created by Katharina Fritsch, is the current occupant of the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in Central London.  Three of the plinths have permanent statues; the fourth has been the site of a series of artworks over the past few years.  This big blue chicken, so warm and colourful in a grey stone square, is my second favourite so far.

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My all-time favourite was one of the performances in Antony Gormley’s “One and Other” Project in 2009.

Each participant had one hour in which to make their mark.  Gerald Chong made cardboard replicas of London’s landmark buildings, including the London Eye and Nelson’s Column, set them out carefully on the plinth, and then, dressed in a homemade Godzilla costume, wreaked havoc on his cardboard city.

Here is a link to Gerald’s photos on YouTube of the preparation for his performance.  I love the shots of Godzilla riding home afterwards.

And here is a link to a WordPress blog from 2009, whose author enjoyed Godzilla’s performance as much as I did.

There is a fleeting glimpse of Godzilla 36 seconds into this video.

 

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. Love the pic! A friend from Mumbai who just moved to London for studies fell in love with the “Big Blue Bird” too 🙂 Happy journeys home to India…

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thank you. My husband is promising me sunshine in Bangalore.

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      1. Could he send some to Bombay too?? We can’t seem to shake the monsoon showers! 🙂

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        1. Karolyn Cooper says:

          Our rains have stopped. I’ve been here for three days, and no rain at all. Don’t send us any more!

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          1. Haha! Well my solution is to fly back to Jakarta tomorrow to escape 🙂

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  2. Wow! That’s very big and very blue!! Great shot!!

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thank you. Just taken with an iPhone, but the bird was hard to miss.

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  3. I wonder if he rattles Nelson off his pedestal every morning, with a big “COCKERBLUEDLEBLUE”!!!!!
    Sorry, that was just too hard to resist…

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      “Cockerbluedleblue” – brilliant.

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  4. Shame you couldn’t stay longer – there’s so much more to see!

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  5. Flakey Blog says:

    Are going to bangalore soon?

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Next post on this blog comes from Bangalore.

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  6. willowilliams says:

    Great photos! I remember seeing this as I walked out of Charing Cross Station with my granddaughter. Happy memories!

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