Recreated ancient Iraqi statue to be installed in London square

The next sculpture to be placed on the fourth plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square will be a winged bull by artist Michael Rakowitz, which is based on an ancient Iraqi artefact destroyed by Islamic militant group Daesh.

The artwork is titled The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist and is based on a statue that once stood at the gates of the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh. The artefact was destroyed during the storming of the Mosul Museum in Iraq in 2015.

To create the piece, which will be installed in 2018, the Iraqi-American artist used layers of empty date syrup cans –intended to represent one of the country’s industries destroyed by the war.

It forms part of an ongoing project by Rakowitz, during which he has attempted to recreate 7,000 archaeological artefacts stolen and destroyed during the Iraq war.

The piece will occupy the empty stone plinth at the corner of the square, which is home to temporary sculptures. The three other corner plinths are occupied by statues of historic figures.

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