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Michael Rakowitz Wins Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth Commission

 Michael Rakowitz,  The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist , 2016. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: James O. Jenkins.

Michael Rakowitz, The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, 2016. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: James O. Jenkins.

Jane Lombard Gallery is excited to share that today Michael Rakowitz was announced as a winner of the next commission for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London.
 
The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist is a project begun by Rakowitz in 2006 that attempts to recreate over 7,000 archeological artifacts looted from the Iraq Museum during the war or destroyed in its aftermath. For the Fourth Plinth Rakowitz will recreate the Lamassu, a winged bull and protective deity that stood at the entrance to Nergal Gate of Nineveh from c 700 B.C. In 2015 it was destroyed by ISIS along with other artifacts in Mosul Museum. The Lamassu will be made of empty Iraqi date syrup cans, representative of a once-renowned industry decimated by the Iraq Wars.

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