CLEARLY THE HEADLINE OF THE DAY
A giant blue French coq standing 4.2m high is causing a stir in the heart of London, amid accusations it represents an insult to one of Britain’s greatest war heroes.
The fiberglass statue of the classic symbol of France is set to be installed on the famous fourth plinth underneath Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square, London.
But some on the British side of the Channel have suggested the audacious piece of art would have the war hero Nelson - who defeated the French fleet at the Battle of Trafalgar during the Napoleonic Wars - turning in his grave.
Among the opponents of the giant coq, which is reminiscent of Footix - the 1998 World Cup mascot - is the Thorney Island Society, a charity set up to defend Britain’s heritage
They have described the work of art as “completely inappropriate”.
Artist Katharina Fritsch, however, has dismissed the criticism, insisting the rooster “is a symbol of renewal, revival and strength”.
Despite the criticism, the artwork should be given approval at a council meeting next week and take its place on the fourth plinth in July, where it will rest until February 2015.
I can’t stop laughing.