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Boris and his big blue bird

I know I’m being predictable, but it’s hard not to laugh at the giant bright blue cockerel statue that has been unveiled in Trafalgar Square.

The sculpture was revealed by London Mayor Boris Johnson and has been named Cock.

This unusual choice for a new landmark in the capital has been created by German artist Katharina Fritsch and is said to represent the UK’s sporting prowess.

The statue is not a permanent fixture, and will stay in Trafalgar Square for just eight months.

Mr Johnson was quoted in The Independent newspaper as saying: “What it does symbolise is that London is not only the London capital of the world and the sporting capital of the world, but the cultural and artistic capital of the world. It is a testament to our sense of freedom and liberty that we have here in London.”

It was noted by journalists, however, that Boris Johnson went to great lengths to avoid any innuendo as he unveiled the 15-foot creation.

The Telegraph newspaper pointed out his words during the ceremony: “Feast your eyes on this beautiful new Fourth Plinth sculpture. Ladies and gentlemen, here is the big blue… BIRD.”

The plinth was built in 1841 for a statue of King William IV, but remained empty until 1998, when the Royal Society of Arts set up the Fourth Plinth Project.

It has since been used for a variety of short-term pieces of artwork, including the recent statue of a boy on a rocking horse by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset.

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