The first images of the giant marble sculpture to be installed on the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square have been unveiled. Alison Lapper Pregnant, by Marc Quinn, depicts the disabled artist naked and pregnant. The 11ft statue, which will stand near Nelson's column, represents "a new model of female heroism," said Quinn.
The completed sculpture, only the head of which has been finished, will be unveiled on 15 September, and remain for 18 months. Chosen from a shortlist of six, it was endorsed by the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.