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Not as good as it usually is – no Yayoi Kusama but then no attacks by squirrels either, so swings and roundabouts.  Until next year ….

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Somehow missed that the fourth plinth had been filled again back in March.  But was passing by the other day and took a quick photo.  The Gift Horse, by Hans Haacke, has an LED bow with a ticker of London stock prices tied around the neck of the skeleton. Having googled it, it is seen as a symbol of the excesses of the City and the current austerity measures.

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The Charles Wheeler sculptures of Earth and Water outside the Ministry of Defence – weight around 40 tonnes each.

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War memorials

In the last few weeks I’ve come across war memorials I’ve not seen before and ones I’ve just passed by.  We passed the Bomber Command Memorial unveiled in 2012 and then on a whim went into the Wellington Arch.  Disappointing view of the bronzes when you get up high and outside as you can only see the horses but interesting information inside about how it used to be a police station and how the sculptures changed over time on the roof.  From up there we could see the Australian War Memorial dedicated in 2003 to the 102,000 soldiers who died in the World Wars.  Yesterday, we wandered down Whitehall and passed one to the Women of WWII and then the Royal Tank Regiment hidden away in  a back street.  The bronzes are quite remarkable; particularly liked the Women’s one.

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The new sculptures are dotted around the City.  One is still missing – the Ai Weiwei sculpture arrives in September so will be back then.  But for now some of my favourites.

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