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Wednesday saw the installation of the beautiful, complex, extraordinary - and very brave - work of Thomas Schütte for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. I urge you to go and see it.

This is the fifth in a series which began as an RSA project with three works commisioned from Mark Wallinger, Bill Woodrow and Rachel Whiteread. We continue to be represented on the Greater London Authority's commissioning group.

The Mayor of London said that whilst London is renowned as the finance capital of the world, the main reason why visitors come here is our art - our culture - our heritage. And it is of course right that this includes art conceived in another country, indeed by one of the world's most interesting artists. I leave the office on Friday evening very proud to have played even a very small part.

Back to climate change next week!


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