Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Queen on Horseback Could Be Permanent Fourth Plinth Statue; (1) Plinth Projects: Alison Lapper Pregnant and the Current Model for A Hotel 2007 (2) Royal Tribute: A Posthumous Statue of the Queen Is among Proposals Being Discussed for the Trafalgar Square Site

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Queen on Horseback Could Be Permanent Fourth Plinth Statue; (1) Plinth Projects: Alison Lapper Pregnant and the Current Model for A Hotel 2007 (2) Royal Tribute: A Posthumous Statue of the Queen Is among Proposals Being Discussed for the Trafalgar Square Site

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Byline: KATHARINE BARNEY

A STATUE of the Queen on horseback could become a permanent feature of Trafalgar Squares fourth plinth.

The proposal is one of a number being discussed by Westminster councillors and it is believed Boris Johnson has been informed of the plans.

The recent decision to approve Antony Gormleys project One And Other and Yinka Shonibares Nelsons Ship In A Bottle as the next plinth artworks will still go ahead.

The sculpture of the Queen, if approved, would be erected following her death.

However, both Westminster council, which grants planning permission for plinth artworks, and the Greater London Authority, which selects the projects, said no formal decision had been made.

A GLA spokesman said: We will not enter into speculation about the long-term future of the fourth plinth, but the GLA is concerned with managing the successful rolling programme of contemporary art.

Between 1841 and 1999 there was noth-ing on the plinth but in 1999 the Fourth Plinth Project was created to oversee a rotation of modern artworks showcased for up to two years.

Campaigners have called for a memorial to Battle of Britain hero Sir Keith Park to have a permanent place on the plinth. Before his election as Mayor Mr Johnson said he supported the campaign but he has since changed his stance, citing complex planning issues.

A source close to the proposals for the statue of the Queen said: The plinth is wide enough and perfectly shaped for Her Majesty on horseback. …

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