Michael Rakowitz’s new work, The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist will be unveiled on the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square, 28 March. The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist is a project that Rakowitz embarked upon in 2006, attempting to recreate over 7,000 objects looted from the Iraq Museum in 2003 or destroyed at archaeological sites across the country in the aftermath of the Iraq war. For this new commission, Rakowitz has recreated the Lamassu: a winged bull and protective deity that stood at the entrance to Nergal Gate of Nineveh [now Mosul] from c. 700 B.C, until it was destroyed by ISIS in 2015.
The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist is accompanied by the launch of a new range of products developed by Plinth and the artist, available from March 28th at plinth.uk.com. The range has taken its inspiration from Rakowitz’s interest in themes of food and hospitality as a means by which to bridge cultural and political divides and the Arabic proverb: A House With A Date Palm Will Never Starve.