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Biking Boris statue proposal for fourth plinth goes on show at City Hall

You may have thought that our 1 April story about a bronze statue of Boris Johnson proposed for Potters Fields Park was less than serious, but many a true word is said in jest.

Biking Boris statue proposal for fourth plinth goes on show at City Hall
Alex from Croydon's proposal has been displayed at large scale in the chamber lobby at City Hall

Just three days later a proposal to put an effigy of the Mayor on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth was put on public display at City Hall.

On Monday fourth plinth artist Yinka Shonibare MBE announced the winning artwork for the Fourth Plinth Schools Awards. The prize for the best work inspired by the fourth plinth sculpture programme in Trafalgar Square brought in submissions by over 500 schoolchildren from across the capital.

Alex from Croydon was the top placed entry from his borough. His concept for a statue of Boris Johnson on his bike is one of 27 fourth plinth proposals by London school pupils aged 8 to 15 included in a public exhibition in City Hall's chamber lobby until the end of this month.

Alex's competition entry bears a striking similarity to the 'proposal' we reported on Friday 1 April for a bronze statue of the Mayor of London astride a Barclays Cycle Hire bicycle.

Perhaps Alex's proposed artwork could be installed on top of SE1's own replica fourth plinth which stands in a cul-de-sac near New Kent Road?

Yinka Shonibare, who judged this year's competition, said: "All the contributions were fun, but ultimately there had to be just one winner. Congratulations to Dinesh for his work Eco London. His beautiful and dynamic artwork for the plinth evokes movement whilst alerting us to our joint responsibility to take care of our very precious environment."

The Fourth Plinth Schools Awards, open to primary and secondary schools across London, provide an opportunity for students to design an artwork inspired by the contemporary art commissions, past and present, for the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square.

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