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Scots-born artist in running to secure fourth plinth spot

Scots-born artist Hew Locke is one of the last men standing in the battle to have a sculpture displayed in Trafalgar Square.

Locke, originally from Edinburgh, is one of the final six artists on the short-list to take the coveted space of the fourth plinth, now one of the UK’s most famous exhibition spaces.

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His entry Sikander is a replica of the equestrian statue of Field Marshal Sir George White, which sits in London’s Portland Place and has been decorated with horse brasses, charms, medals and other assorted treasures.

Locke was born in the Scottish capital, grew up in Guyana and now lives in London.

Also competing for the honour is a an enormous Battenberg cake, the pink and yellow sponge created to commemorate the marriage of Queen Victoria’s granddaughter Princess Victoria to Prince Louis of Battenberg in 1884. Artist Brian Griffiths has made a version using vintage and contemporary hand-made bricks.

Katharina Fritsch has proposed her work Hahn/Cock for the spot, a giant cockerel painted ultramarine blue and designed to symbolise regeneration, awakening and strength.

Also competing for the honour is a church-style pipe organ which would blast sounds across the square each time someone used an attached cashpoint, created by Allora & Calzadilla.

The other two short-listed entries are It’s Never Too Late And You Can’t Go Back, by Mariele Neudecker, a sculpted mountain-scape over the map of England, Scotland and Wales and Powerless Structures, Fig.101, by Elmgreen & Dragset, a brass sculpture riding a rocking horse which is designed to question the tradition of war monuments.

Notable artworks to fill the empty plinth have included Antony Gormley’s One & Other last year, which saw 2400 people taking the space for an hour to do what they wanted. The winner will be announced by London mayor Boris Johnson, early next year.

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