- Associated Press - Thursday, January 19, 2017

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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