Ominous Whipped Cream Art Comes to London’s Trafalgar Square

Heather Phillipson’s work, titled “The End,” is scheduled to stay up until spring 2022.

Ominous Whipped Cream Art Comes to London’s Trafalgar Square

A new work of art entitled “The End” by artist Heather Phillipson was unveiled on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square in London on July 30, 2020.

Photo by AP Photo/Alastair Grant

The latest eye-catching sight in London’s Trafalgar Square is a giant swirl of whipped cream topped with a cherry, a fly, and a drone. The sculpture by artist Heather Phillipson was installed Thursday, July 30, atop an empty plinth in the landmark city square, famous as the location of Nelson’s Column and as a public protest site. The work, titled The End, is interactive—visitors can live-stream the view from the drone on their mobile phones or computers.

Phillipson said the piece, whose unveiling was postponed by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic, was a “monument to hubris and impending collapse” but also symbolized the hope of renewal.

It is scheduled to stay on top of the square’s fourth plinth until spring 2022. The plinth was erected in the square in 1841 for a never-completed equestrian statue. Since 1999 it has been occupied by a series of modern artworks.

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