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As the centre of the capital, Trafalgar square is arguably the most important public space in England.

After a re-design a few years ago, it is no longer no more than a giant roundabout, with two sides of the square now opened up to create a more user-freindly environment.

Nelson still stands proudly over the square on top of his monument, but debate continues about the sculptures that adorn the four plinths.

Ken Livingstone, the current mayor, created some controvesy by suggesting that we should scrap the current collection of obscure dead generals and replace them with figures that "All Londoners would know". The fourth plinth was empty for many years due to lack of funds, but in recent years a number of 'temporary' statues have been used. The modernist torso of a woman amputated at birth certainly made people talk - but it has now gone. There was also an 'art installation' whereby people became 'art itself' by occupying the plinth for a hour. Hundreds of people did it over a period of a few months. Occupants ranged from those who sat for an hour and read the newspaper to those who went nuts, to those who showed off their nuts.

When Ken gets voted out of office, I have a suggestion for the four plinths to remember Ken himself by :

Plinth 1 : A giant 'C' standing for congestion zone (although it could stand for something else...)

Plinth 2 : The Olympic rings. Costing each Londoner about 3.5 million quid each in extra council tax until the year 2278.

Plinth 3 : Baroness Thatcher - she dismembered up the old GLC (greater London Council) which Ken ran in the 1980's

Plinth 4 : For the fourth plinth a gas-guzzling 4 x 4 - that should upset him.

Now. That seems much better.

Address: Trafalgar Square, WC2
Directions: Charing Cross or Leicester Square tubes
Phone: +44 20 7983 4750
Website: https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/our-building-and-squares/trafalgar-square%20?source=vanityurl

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  • Updated Nov 19, 2010
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