Thumbs up on pigs in Bacon Street and other London news

It has been quiet here (too busy with non-London things...) but now I want to do an overview of London news I came across recently and wanted to share with you.

#1 Thumbs up for the Trafalgar Square fourth plinth

The Fourth Plinth on Trafalgar Square was built in 1841 and was meant to hold a statue of William IV but, due to insufficient funds, remained empty. The Fourth Plinth now hosts a series of commissioned artworks by world class artists like Hans Haacke, Elmgreen & Dragset, Thomas Schütte, and others.

'Gift Horse' by Hans Haacke was the last artworkd before the thumbs up by David Shrigley (own photo)

'Gift Horse' by Hans Haacke was the last artworkd before the thumbs up by David Shrigley (own photo)

In September the new artwork 'Really Good' by David Shrigley was reveiled. The artist, who works and lives in Brighton, is known for his satirical drawings, animations and sculptures that reflect the absurdity of contemorary society. ‘Really Good’ is a seven-metre-high hand giving a thumbs up. Cast in bronze, with the same dark patina as the other statues in Trafalgar Square, the thumb is disproportionately long. Shrigley’s ambition is that this simple gesture will become a self-fulfilling prophecy; that things considered ‘bad’ such as the economy, the weather and society, will benefit from a change of consensus towards positivity.

'Really Good' (David Shrigley) (photo: ibtimes.co.uk)

'Really Good' (David Shrigley) (photo: ibtimes.co.uk)

More on David Shrigley's 'Really Good' in this article

#2 London seen from a helicopter

Jeffrey Milstein made some really nice photos of London seen from above.

20 Fenchurch Street (Walkie Talkie building) by Jeffrey Milstein

20 Fenchurch Street (Walkie Talkie building) by Jeffrey Milstein

Covent Garden by Jeffrey Milstein

Covent Garden by Jeffrey Milstein

Piccadilly Circus by Jeffery Milstein

Piccadilly Circus by Jeffery Milstein

30 St Mary Axe (or The Gherkin) by Jeffrey Milstein

30 St Mary Axe (or The Gherkin) by Jeffrey Milstein

> More photos here

#3 Stik (and other street art) in Shoreditch

As I said on the Facebook page of London is your oyster (I do share a lot of smaller news there): 

This is a beautiful video on Shoreditch (and Stik's work of course). This area is changing while looking at it, but it still has that lovely East End vibe -which I hope- will never disappear. The funny fact is, I can remember this wall being used as a probably quite expensive advertising billboard wall. I'm happy Stik took it to give it back to the people.

All finished... #stik #streetart #graffiti #oldstreet #london

Een foto die is geplaatst door Eiry Rock (@eiry_rock) op

There's also a new piece by Belgian street artist Bisser in Bacon Street (Shoreditch). It's again a very ironic piece. I say again, because the other famous Belgian street artist Roa also made a work of a pig in that same street.

(photo: Bisser)

(photo: Bisser)

Piece by Roa in Bacon street, 2013 (own photo)

Piece by Roa in Bacon street, 2013 (own photo)