Research point: Figure sculpture

The latest piece of art to occupy the 4th plinth in Trafalgar square has been unveiled.   A bright blue Cockerel by German artist Katharina Fritsch replaces Powerless Structures which has been there for the past 18 months.

I know it is modern and we have to move with the times with public art and I did like Yink Shonibare’s Nelson’s Ship in a bottle but I’m not sure about this piece.

It is surprising what becomes popular with the British public.  Here in Liverpool we have a bright yellow ‘Superlambanana’.  It was originally made by the Japanese artist Taro Chiezo in 1998 as Liverpool’s contribution to the ArtTransPennine Exhibition and was an ironic comment on ‘genetic engineering’, at one time bananas and lamb were once a common cargo being imported and exported down at Liverpool docks.   When it was first displayed in Liverpool it was controversial but over the years has become a popular and valued piece of art in the city.

Project-7-objects-in-different-positions-in-the-frame-close-to-edge(c) Susan Devonport

In 2008 as part of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture tenure, 125 two metre high versions were commissioned and became an unlikely hit.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(c) Susan Devonport – Baa Nitez Liverpool Football Club manager

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(c) Susan Devonport – Koppy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(c)Susan Devonport – Everton Football Club

One was even dressed up as the Mayor of Liverpool at the Town hall.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA(c) Susan Devonport – SuperSgtPepperYellowLambSubmarineBanana


For a time there had been some doubt about the Superlambanana staying in Liverpool when it came to light that it was only on a 10 year loan from the artist, but in September 2008 talks began and 6 months later an agreement was reached whereby a replica would be made by one of the original sculptors Julian Taylor and stay in the city for the next 80 years.

You can see photos of most of the smaller Superlambananas here

I always knew we had a sense of humour here in Liverpool and even Granada Reports got in on the act back in 2008.

It’s been reported ‘Lamby’ has escaped, they think she has been liberated by an animal right group – 54 seconds in.

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