Romanian woman, among the finalists to exhibit on the plinth in Trafalgar Square

Romanian-born artist Andra Ursuța is among the finalists of the Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth competition. From the list of seven sculptural projects, two winners will be chosen in March. The sculptures will be installed in central London in 2026 and 2028, curatorial.ro reports.

Chila Burman, Ruth Ewan, Thomas J Price, Veronica Ryan, Gabriel Chaile, Andra Ursuța and Tschabalala Self are the finalists.

Presenting a life-size person on a horse, shrouded and cast in slime-green resin, Andrei Ursuța’s work – untitled – embodies different histories of public sculpture, in a time when there is a debate increasingly passionate about the use of public space.

Andra Ursuța, 45 years old, was born in Salonta and left for the United States in 1997. She arrived in New York in 1999, and in 2002 she obtained a degree in art history and visual arts at Columbia University in New York.

2024 marks 25 years since the first work of art was unveiled on the empty plinth, and since then 14 different sculptures have been placed in this space.
The platform currently houses Samson Kambalu’s ‘Antelope’, a bronze sculpture representing Baptist preacher and Pan-Africanist John Chilembwe and European missionary John Chorley, after a 1914 photograph taken in Nyasayland (now Malawi).
The Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth competition is funded by the Mayor of London with support from Arts Council England and Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Winners are chosen by the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, based in part on feedback from the public. The works can be voted online until March 12.
“Improntas,” by Teresa Margolles, will be the next sculpture to be unveiled, featuring plaster casts of the faces of hundreds of transgender people. It will be exhibited in September.
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