A Boy on a Rocking Horse


I took this photograph in 2012 while in London.  I only realized after looking at the image that I had captured the gull above the statue’s head as well.  I love surprises like that.

Every year a contemporary artwork is chosen to adorn the empty plinth in the Fourth Plinth Project series in Trafalgar Square. It has become an annual fixture in the London culture calendar and is considered a great honour for an artist.

This bronze statue of a little boy on a rocking horse was chosen for 2012, created by the Berlin-based Michael Elmgreen, from Denmark, and Ingar Dragset, from Norway.


About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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20 Responses to A Boy on a Rocking Horse

  1. This is a serendipity mirror, where the image of the gull accents the image of the boy. The gull, the statue and you acting in concert with each other to create this moment 🙂


  2. I love the previous comment about serendipity – yes, the gull does enhance the statue, and the moment was caught because you, Don, were there at the right time. Lovely. 🙂


  3. nrhatch says:

    This reminds me of:

    Some days we’re the bird.
    Other days we’re the statue.


  4. I love this photo – well done!
    Diana xo


  5. Wonderful photograph, Don. You couldn’t capture the gull over the statue again if you tried for days! The surprising extras captured in our pictures make them amazing!


  6. Don, love the photo – isn’t it funny when we capture images that are unplanned but become ones we love?? Kind of like life.


  7. ladyfi says:

    What wonderful serendipity! Love that shot – it makes me smile.


  8. Carolyn Page says:

    I can see the little boy being made of bronze, Don, however; the rocking horse looks as though made from (dare I say) timber.! Quite remarkable what people with talent can create..
    I love the little gull capture – makes the overall image even more sweet..


    • Don says:

      Thanks Carolyn. Actually the whole statue is made of bronze, but it does sound nicer to think of the rocking horse being made of wood. 🙂


  9. Shweta says:

    Life is good at giving such surprises sometimes 🙂 ain’t it?


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