There are four plinths on Trafalgar Square.
At the southern end are statues of Henry Havelock and Charles Napier. The Northern plinths were designed to hold equestrian statues and the north-eastern one features George IV on horseback. The Northwest plinth was built in 1841 and was originally designed to hold a statue of William IV, but the project ran out of money.
It remained empty for the next 150 years until 1999 when a succession of three exhibits commissioned by the Royal Society of Arts graced its granite pedestal.
It was considered a "wonderful triumph".
I seem to remember bemused commentary in the papers, though not much notice beyond the initial coverage as each exhibit was unveiled.
The Great and the Good decided the masses continued to need new public art and to this end a committee was formed to continue commissioning works to take up residence.
The latest has now landed.
The Blue Cockerel has roosted on the 4th. plinth. ( OK I know, no more, I promise)
Stay well everyone