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The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist
The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist

© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Caroline Teo / Greater London Authority

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Michael Rakowitz's 'The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist' was unveiled on the Fourth Plinth in London's Trafalgar Square on Thursday 28th March 2018, by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. 'The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist' is a project that Rakowitz started in 2006. It attempts to recreate more than 7,000 objects looted from the Iraq Museum in 2003 or destroyed at archaeological sites across the country in the aftermath of the war. For the Fourth Plinth, Rakowitz has recreated the Lamassu, a winged bull and protective deity that stood at the entrance to Nergal Gate of Nineveh (near modern day Mosul) from c.700 BC, until it was destroyed by ISIS in 2015. It was the twelfth work to appear on the Fourth Plinth since the commissioning programme began in 1998 and was on the plinth until March 2020.


The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist




10,500 Iraqi date syrup cans & metal frame


H (?) x W 430 x D (?) cm

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commissioned by the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group; displayed on the Fourth Plinth, 2018–2020

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28th March 2018


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Trafalgar Square, Central London