Fourth Plinth commission at Trafalgar Square



The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, a work by New York-born, Chicago-based artist Michael Rakowitz, is the latest of Fourth Plinth commission at Trafalgar Square, London unveiled in late March. The sculpture is a recreation of Lamassu, a winged bull and protective god. Initiated in 2006, it’s part of a project about the archaeological artefacts looted from the National Museum of Iraq in the aftermath of the Iraq War, which ended in 2011, as well as their current whereabouts. This piece is made of Iraqi date syrup cans, relics of once-renowned industry badly affected by the war. Rakowitz’s work has appeared in venues worldwide including dOCUMENTA (13), P.S.1, MoMA, MassMOCA, Castello di Rivoli, the 16th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th Istanbul Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 8, Tirana Biennale, National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt, and Transmediale 05.