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Boris Johnson makes some 'blue' jokes as the latest commission for Trafalgar Square' fourth plinth project is unveiled

By Stuart McMillan  

The latest commission for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth was unveiled earlier today. Under a canopy of traditional London cloud, but in unseasonable heat, a crowd gathered to see the work by German artist Katharina Fritsch. As London Mayor Boris Johnson took to the stage, the black canvas was pulled away to reveal a giant, ultramarine cockerel sitting atop the plinth. The Mayor gave a careful introduction: “Here is the big blue… bird.”

Boris seemed unwilling to give a definitive interpretation of the figure,…

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