Cock-a-doodle-doo!

 Last Saturday morning I awoke and encountered a rooster…

actually a bright blue cockerel.

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In the heart of modern London, Trafalgar Square is home to the “fourth plinth”.   This empty column was originally intended to hold an equestrian statue of William IV but remained bare due to insufficient funds. For over 150 years the fate of the plinth was debated.  Finally,  in 1999 a commission was formed to decide on the fate of the plinth, and it unanimously decided to use it for the temporary display of contemporary artworks. Katharina Fritsch’s Hahn/Cock (known simply as The Blue Cock) has held its roost for about a year and is soon to be replaced with an equine skeleton.

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The Blue Cock is in good company with the venerable National Gallery behind it and the beautiful steeple of St. Martin in the Fields church just beyond it.  In the immediate foreground, the cock gazes over the fountains in the middle of Trafalgar Square.

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A little further in its direct line of vision are the impressive bronze lions beneath Nelson’s Column.  These grounded beasts are host to many nimble guests, but the cock’s high perch remains out of reach from invasion.

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On this particular morning, further afield were window washers who looked as if they were scaling a limestone mountain, carefully belayed on ropes as they reached for the summit.

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Just beyond these “climbers” was another sight worth taking in.  Sauntering through the Admiralty Arch were police on horseback.  The arch is the official entrance from Trafalgar Square to The Mall, and here begins the ceremonial road leading up to Buckingham Palace.

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The riders were heading directly into the square toward the equestrian statue of Charles I, dating from the 1630s, providing a perfect juxtaposition of modern and ancient horseback riders.

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There is never a dull moment from its roost on the fourth plinth;

The Blue Cock has the ultimate bird’s eye view!

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