Brimham Rocks inspires Fourth Plinth artwork

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The dramatic rock formations of Brimham Rocks have inspired artwork shortlisted for a place on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

London artist Marcus Coates created the piece entitled Unmade Monument as an exact scale model of the Eagle at the iconic Nidderdale landmark.

Jonathon Brewer, general manager Brimham Rocks said: “It is absolutly fantastic, it’s great opportunity for us to be show cased in this way.

“We have known about this for some time but have been sworn to secrecy.”

Mr Brewer met with the artist at Brimham Rocks ahead of the work being produced.

“He scoured the country for suitable rocks before deciding he wanted to make the scale model of the eagle.

“He approached us and took lots of images then took a molding of the rock then made the scale model.

Mr Brewer hopes that the art work will encourage more people to visit the National Park site, which is open on weekends in winter and during October half term.

“The eagle is one of the of the most accesible rocks at Brimham and can be seen from the picnic area really easily.”

Models of the six shortlisted proposals, including Mr Coates’s work, will go on display at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London until Sunday, November 17.

Two will then be chosen to be unveiled in Trafalgar Square in 2015 and 2016.