David Shrigley has unveiled his commission for the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square. ‘Really Good’ is a seven-metre-high hand positioned in a thumbs-up gesture, displaying an unusually long digit in order to symbolize that ‘something, somewhere, is really good.’

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Cast in bronze using the same dark patina as the other statues situated in the square, Shrigley’s giant thumb is disproportionately long in comparison to the remaining four fingers. The intention of the sculpture is that this simple gesture will become a self-fulfilling prophecy: things considered ‘bad’ — such as the economy, the weather and society — will benefit from a change in attitude towards positivity.

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