David Shrigley - Really Good - 2016
The Fourth Plinth commission is the UK’s most celebrated and best-loved award for contemporary art. It has become a true London icon and is funded by the Mayor of London and supported by Arts Council England. The new commission ‘Really Good’ by David Shrigley was unveiled on 29th September 2016. ‘Really Good’ sees a ten-metre-high hand giving a thumbs up. Cast in bronze, with the same dark patina as the other statues in Trafalgar Square, the thumb is disproportionately long. Shrigley’s ambition is that this simple gesture will become a self-fulfilling prophecy; that things considered ‘bad’ such as the economy, the weather and society, will benefit from a change of consensus towards positivity.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The positivity and humour evident in David Shrigley’s commission Really Good truly encapsulates the spirit of London. The changing artworks on Fourth Plinth continue to be a source of delight, discussion and
debate and I am proud to be the Mayor of a city that has such an energetic and vibrant cultural life.”
To celebrate the Fourth Plinth commission The Mayor’s Culture team have collaborated with the retailer Tiger to make a limited edition of ‘Really Good’ available to the public. Using bronze and grey paint to replicate the seven metre high sculpture, this is a really mighty Limited Edition Miniature with a detailed and wonderfully disturbing very long thumb.
Medium: polistone sculpture
Dimensions: 29 cm x 12.5 cm x 7.5cm
Edition of 3000
Numbered. Edition number stamped underneath