A giant cake, an overly-adorned soldier on his steed, a blue cockerel (rooster) or a church organ connected to an ATM may be added to Trafalgar Square next year.

The Mayor of London has announced that the shortlist of art-pieces that will replace ‘Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle‘ by Yinka Shonibare, when it is taken down from the ’empty’ plinth in Trafalgar Square at the end of 2011. While the famous landmark has several statues of famous Britons dotted around it, the fourth plinth has been awaiting a statue to top it for almost 140 years.

In 1999, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) started to use the space to show works of art. Shonibare’s massive ship in a bottle has only been on display since May (a very short period considering how long the space remained empty for) but the organizers are already planning its replacement. The 6 works of art proposed for the fourth plinth include a giant cake, an overly-adorned soldier on his steed, a blue cockerel (rooster) and a church organ connected to an ATM

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