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Rocking horse winner: Statue of a boy gets coveted spot in London's Trafalgar Square

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Artists Michael Elmgreen, right, of Denmark, and Ingar Dragset, left, of Norway, pose for the photographers, backdropped by the artist duo's newly-unveiled sculpture on the Fourth Plinth in central London's Trafalgar Square, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. The 4.1m high golden sculpture of a young boy riding a rocking horse is entitled: 'Powerless Structures, Fig. 101'. The plinth was originally built to house a bronze equestrian statue of William IV that was never installed. The project is commissioned by the Mayor of London as part of the rolling programme of contemporary art commissions for the empty Fourth Plinth. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

LONDON - Adm. Horatio Nelson has a new neighbour in London's Trafalgar Square a boy on a rocking horse.

The golden bronze 13-foot (4-meter) sculpture by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset was unveiled Thursday atop the square's empty "fourth plinth," one of the city's main showcases for public art.

The playful piece is a riposte to the square's military monuments. The statue was unveiled by actress Joanna Lumley, who said she was thrilled to reveal the "completely unthreatening and adorable creature" to the public.

The sculpture will stand in the square, home to Nelson's Column, until next year

The fourth plinth was erected in 1841 for an equestrian statue that was never completed. It is now occupied by artworks erected for about 18 months at a time.

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Online:

http://www.london.gov.uk/fourthplinth/


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