March 27, 2017

Jerwood Visual Arts Alumna Heather Philipson receives the fourth plinth commission 2020

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She is the sole British artist on the list with a work titled The End which will occupy the plinth is 2020. A giant fibreglass model of a dessert being eaten by a fly, with a camera drone flying overhead. Onlookers will be able to watch the live feed on their phone or tablet, taking the place of that omnipresent eye. The work touches on ideas of both surveillance and broadcast.

From 2018-2020  Michael Rakowitz’s work The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist will occupy the plinth.

THE END is on view at the National Gallery, London, until 27 March 2017 alongside the four other nominated works  by Huma Bhabha, Damián Ortega, Michael Rakowitz and Shuddha Sengupta of the Raqs Media Collective,

Heather Phillipson's THE END, winning proposal for the Fourth Plinth, Trafalgar Square. Image credit: James O Jenkins