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The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist



This week I am openly breaking the 6-word rule, but my excuse is that I need to tell you about the double-sixth (aka 12th) work to appear on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square.

Really Good, the 11th work, left the plinth in early March, and Michael Ramowitz’s striking Lamassu assumed its position on 28 March 2018.


Rakowitz started his The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist project in 2006, with the desire to recreate more than 7,000 objects which have been lost forever in Iraq, some looted from the Iraq Museum, others destroyed at archaeological sites across the country during the Iraq War.


One of his creations is the winged bull, known as Lamassu,  who guarded the entrance to Nergal Gate of Nineveh (near modern day Mosul) for around 27 centuries, until its destruction in 2015.

The guardian is created from 10,500 empty Iraqi date syrup cans, representing an important national industry that was also decimated by war.


The inscription on the side is written in Cuneiform, one of the earliest systems of writing. It reads: “Sennacherib, king of the world, king of Assyria, had the inner and outer wall of Ninevah built anew and raised as high as mountains.”  Its physical height may have been reduced but its spiritual height remains for many.




Now over to all of you. Do come and join us in our Saturday six-word musings.

I’ll admit that many of us openly break the numeric rule (including me this week) and share far more words (all excellent of course!) so the key rule is to have a title of six words – and then create around that the post that you desire! Perhaps in bunches of 6 words if you’re feeling inspired.

To join the challenge, please put a link in your post to the URL of this post. Then come back here and leave us a comment. If you have any problems with linking, just put your own URL into the comment. And do feel free to socialise digitally – tweet, instagram, flickr, etc. with the hashtagtags #SixWordSaturday and #6WS.




Copyright Debbie Smyth, 9 June 2018

Posted as part of Six Word Saturday

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