Mosul monument wins next Plinth spot
Michael Rakowitz and Heather Phillipson have won the next two commissions for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth, with Rakowitz’s The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist going up next year.
It will succeed David Shrigley’s 7m high thumb, Really Good, with Phillipson’s THE END taking the plinth in 2020.
The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist is a recreation of the Lamassu, the winged bull that stood at the gate to Nineveh – on the outskirts of what is now Mosul - from about 700BC as a protective deity for the city, but was destroyed by ISIS in 2015. It is part of a project started by Rakowitz, an Iraqi-American artist, in 2006 to recreate more than 7,000 archaeological artefacts looted from Mosul Museum.
THE END (pictured here as a maquette with the artist, copyright James O ) is a giant whirl of cream topped with a cherry and parasites, representing hubris and impending collapse. They will be the 12th and 13th sculptures to win the Fourth Plinth exhibition.
“The Fourth Plinth is the world’s most loved and talked-about public art platform” said Justine Simons, London’s deputy mayor for culture and creativity. “It is pioneering, inventive and surprising, and above all, shows that London is open to creativity and ideas from around the world.”