Sun 13 January 2008, The Independent

Fourth Plinth, National Gallery, London

By Charles Darwent
Panned as it has been, I have a soft spot for Thomas Schütte's piece for the fourth plinth of Trafalgar Square, Hotel. Not on account of its formal qualities ? Schütte's sculpture looks like the architect's model for a Hilton in Dubai ? but of what it stands for. That Hotel feels like a maquette is precisely what it is about. It is a phase, not a work; a piece of speculative building, run up on the cheap and meant not to last. And its supposed end use ? a place where travellers spend a night or two ? is likewise fugitive. Trafalgar Square says all kinds of things about history and posterity and monumentalism. Schütte's work quietly points out that we do not live in an age of monuments.
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