We consulted widely for three years and the suggestions from the public included ideas for both contemporary and traditional exhibitions; for "heroes" as diverse as Pooh Bear and Nelson Mandela, and for themes such as Peace and Democracy. But "the public" does not speak with one voice. So we tested the various ideas with interested bodies, possible funders and with a feasibility study.
We have been working with advisers from Sculpture at Goodwood, the Tate Gallery, ArtAngel and the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association. To get the debate going about the long-term solution, we intend to hold a temporary exhibition of contemporary sculpture.
Seventeen British artists were invited to submit ideas, out of which three were chosen by the commissioning panel, who, if planning permission is granted, will provide interest, excitement and pleasure to Londoners and tourists in Trafalgar Square.
Other cities are much braver about showing off their best artists - Paris had an exhibition down the Champs-Elysees of about 50 sculptures from Rodin to Lynn Chadwick, and New York has Flanagan's Hares all down Park Avenue. Let's, for once, take a risk, if only a temporary one.Reuse content