Faces of 850 transgender people to be shown on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth

THE faces of 850 transgender people are to be shown on Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth.

The artwork has been approved, after a public vote, to appear at the central London location.

Mexican conceptual artist Teresa Margolles, 58, depicts casts of faces of transgenders from around the globe in her design, 850 Improntas.

The life masks, to shown in 2024, are arranged in the form of a skull rack from an ancient South American civilisation.

City Hall said: “Teresa works closely with this marginalised community that sometimes is unable to access social care.”

A sculpture by Malawi-born Samson Kambalu will sit next to Nelson’s Column from next year.

Both pieces were selected by the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group after nearly 17,500 members of the public voted for their favoured designs.

Kambalu’s work, Antelope, portrays a 1914 photo of Baptist preacher John Chilembwe, who led an uprising against colonial rule in Malawi, and European missionary John Chorley.

Ekow Eshun, from the organising committee, said: “This year was an incredibly strong shortlist from exciting artists.

“I am thrilled at the outcome and very much looking forward to seeing the new works.”

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