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Michael Rakowitz's sculpture is latest occupant of The Fourth Plinth

The Jewish artist's work - ‘The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist’ - is a recreation of an historical artefact destroyed by Isis

    Jewish artist Michael Rakowitz reveals the design for his Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth sculpture
    Jewish artist Michael Rakowitz reveals the design for his Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth sculpture (Photo: Getty Images)

    A statue composed mainly of empty date syrup cans has been unveiled today on the Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.

    The latest occupant of the plinth has been made by Jewish artist Michael Rakowitz, an Iraqi-American who is renowned for his conceptual works which are often sited in public spaces.

    The new work replicates an ancient statue that was destroyed by Daesh/ISIS in Iraq. Entitled The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist.It has been positioned to symbolically face towards its origin in Nineveh.

    (Photos: Getty Images)
     

    It is a sculpture of a lamassu, a mythological winged half man half bull  that stood guard over the city of Nineveh for over a thousand years until it was destroyed by the anti-cultural forces of the so-called Islamic State

     

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