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The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, May 1, 2018
1. The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist Marker
Inscription.  
Mayor of London
The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist
Michael Rakowitz
b. 1973, New York
In 2006 Michael Rakowitz started his project The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist to recreate over 7,000 archaeological artefacts looted from the Iraq Museum during the war or destroyed elsewhere. One of these was the Lamassu, a winged deity. It guarded Nergal Gate at the entrance to the ancient Assyrian city of Nineveh, near modern-day Mosul, Iraq, in c700 B.C. until 2015 when it was destroyed by ISIS.

The Lamassu, which had the same footprint as the Fourth Plinth, is made of empty Iraqi date syrup cans, representative of a once-renowned industry decimated by the Iraq Wars. Rebuilding the Lamassu means it can symbolically continue as guardian of a city's past, present and future. The inscription written on the Lamassu reads:

'Sennacherib, king of the world, king of Assyria, had the inner and outer wall of Nineveh built anew and raised as high as mountains'

Unveiled 28 March 2018
Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
This is the 12th commission in the Mayor of London's Fourth Plinth
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By Michael Herrick, May 1, 2018
2. The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist
Programme,
the most talked about public art prize in the world.

See all of the commissions at: London.gov.uk/fourthplinth
#fourthplinth   #londonisopen

 
Erected 2018.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music.
 
Location. 51° 30.49′ N, 0° 7.722′ W. Marker is in City of Westminster, England, in Greater London County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Cockspur Street and Whitehall, on the left when traveling east. Located on the "Fourth Plinth" in Trafalgar Square. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: City of Westminster, England WC2N 5NJ, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles James Napier (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trafalgar Way at Canada House (within shouting distance of this marker); Nelson’s Column (within shouting distance of this marker); Imperial Standards of Length (within shouting distance of this marker); Trafalgar Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Major General Sir Henry Havelock (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Rugby Football Union (about 90 meters away); The Hampton Site (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in City of Westminster.
 
More about this marker. Located in Trafalgar Square, the Fourth Plinth was built in 1841 and was meant to hold a statue of William IV but, due to insufficient funds, remained empty. Over 150 years later, the Fourth Plinth now hosts a series of commissioned artworks by world class artists and is the most talked about contemporary art prize in the UK.
 
Also see . . .  Mayor of London's Fourth Plinth Programme
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By Michael Herrick, May 1, 2018
3. The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist
. (Submitted on May 31, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
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By Michael Herrick, May 1, 2018
4. The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 31, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 31, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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