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Robotic cones vie for plinth place

A 13ft high pair of revolving robotic cones could soon be spinning on top of the plinth in Trafalgar Square after six artists unveiled their vision for what should take pride of place in the central London site.

The plastic sculptures, made by American artist Liliane Lijn, are divided into four parts and powered by different motors which make them rotate in different directions at different times and speeds.

Ms Lijn said: "They are identical in every way and the minute they become mobile, the minute they begin to move or dance, as I prefer to say, they became differentiated. So what makes them two different beings is movement".

She said the "performing sculpture" would reflect performances in the square and could be accompanied by human dancers around the plinth.

The work, called The Dance, is one of six new proposals for the site which are being exhibited in the crypt of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church from Wednesday.

Other works in contention include a 26ft high cast of a stone outcrop from Brimham Rocks in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire, by Londoner Marcus Coates, and a 32ft giant bronze thumbs up by Glasgow artist David Shrigley.

The line-up is completed by a riderless horse with an electronic ribbon showing stock exchange prices tied to its leg, an aluminium mask and a sculpture that combines aspects of the other permanent statues standing in the square.

Two of the works will be selected next year and unveiled in Trafalgar Square in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: "The placing of challenging artwork amidst the historic surroundings of Trafalgar Square creates a delicious juxtaposition that gets people talking and debating, underpinning London's reputation as a great world city for culture."

A large blue rooster currently stands on the plinth which has become a showcase for temporary artworks over the past few years after standing empty for more than 100 years.


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