“So that mood is marked forever and remembrance can last for generations to come, a fitting national memorial needs to be established.
“Will the Leader of the House therefore agree that a statement be brought to this House on what form that memorial might take?
“For me, a statue on the final plinth on Trafalgar Square would be ideal.”
The suggestion of Sir Hayes was welcomed as a chorus of “hear, hear” rang out around the Chamber.
Leader of the Commons Penny Mordaunt responded: “I thank my right honourable friend [Sir Hayes] for his suggestion.
“Clearly these will be matters that will concern many members and will involve other bodies outside of this House.
“I shall certainly raise this with the Secretary of State for DCMS and ensure she properly consults members on their wishes as plans are taken forward.”
Sir Hayes suggested the fourth plinth of Trafalgar Square would offer a fitting site for the statue to be positioned. Lacking a permanent installation, the fourth plinth has hosted an array of temporary art exhibitions since 1998.
The Government website described the site as an “established icon” within the city of London, adding: “The fourth plinth is one of the world’s most famous public art commissions.”
Commissions for the fourth plinth are selected through a complex public consultation and decision making process conducted by a panel of artists, journalists and curators.
The artists set to debut their work in both 2022 and 2024 have already been selected, meaning the site will remain occupied by rotating pieces for several years to come.
For the past two years, the site has played host to a sculpture titled THE END by artist Heather Phillipson. The piece consisted of a giant swirl of whipped cream topped with a cherry and a fly.
Atop the sculpture, a functional drone was also fixed, allowing users from across the world to access a livestream of Trafalgar Square.
THE END has since been removed as its exhibition period came to a close, with a new sculpture Antelope by artist Samson Kambalu set to take its place later this year.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK