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Winged bull, drone-topped ice cream up for Trafalgar Sq spot

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/19/2017
Artist Michael Rakowitz with a model of his artwork 'The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist', on display at the National Gallery, London Thursday Jan. 19, 2017., which has been shortlisted for the next Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square. A recreation of an ancient sculpture destroyed by the Islamic State group is among finalists for a place in London's Trafalgar Square. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP) © The Associated Press Artist Michael Rakowitz with a model of his artwork 'The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist', on display at the National Gallery, London Thursday Jan. 19, 2017., which has been shortlisted for the next Fourth Plinth commission in Trafalgar Square. A recreation of an ancient sculpture destroyed by the Islamic State group is among finalists for a place in London's Trafalgar Square. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)

LONDON (AP) — A recreation of an ancient sculpture destroyed by the Islamic State group is among finalists for a place amid the tourists and statues in London's Trafalgar Square.

Michael Rakowitz's replica of an Assyrian figure of a winged-bull deity, known as lamassu, from the Iraqi city of Mosul is among five contenders for a spot on the square's "fourth plinth," a platform for public art.

Other finalists announced Thursday include a sculpture of a scoop of ice cream with a cherry and a drone on top by Heather Phillipson

Two of the works will be chosen for display in 2018 and 2020.

The plinth was erected in 1841 for a never-completed equestrian statue. Since 1999, it has been occupied by a series of artworks for about 18 months at a time.

The current occupant is a giant bronze thumb by artist David Shrigley.

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