The fourth plinth of London’s Trafalgar Square has welcomed its first African figure as anti-colonial fighter John Chilembwe is tapped for pride of place on London’s Trafalgar Square alongside three permanent “residents”.
The four sculpture plinths built in London’s Trafalgar Square, a popular tourist destination, reflect an ongoing rotation of modern sculptures that complement the three permanent monuments, including the statue of British King George IV. The statue, created by Oxford-based artist and novelist Samson Kambalu, who was born in Malawi, was unveiled as recently as September. A shortlist of foreign performers from the US, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, and the UK led to his selection.
Nearly 17,500 individuals participated in the voting process for the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, which was led by Ekow Eshun, and selected his work for one of the most well-liked public art initiatives.