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Whirl of cream and syrup can sculpture to top fourth plinth

A whirl of cream topped with parasites and a recreation of a protective deity destroyed by Islamic State in Iraq will go on display on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth.

Artist Heather Phillipson with her model of 'THE END'

The two artworks have been chosen to reside at the landmark spot in London - currently home to a bronze, thumbs up sign - in 2018 and 2020.

Lamassu, a winged bull which guarded the entrance to the Nergal Gate of Nineveh from 700BC, will be remade out of empty, date syrup cans, from Iraq.

A statue of Lamassu was destroyed by ISIS forces

The deity was destroyed, along with other artefacts in the Mosul Museum, by terror group IS in 2015.

He said that the date syrup cans represented the once-thriving industry in Iraq decimated by war.

The deity will go on display in 2018 and will be followed by The End, by British artist Heather Phillipson - a sculpture of a scoop of cream, topped with a cherry, a drone and a fly - in 2020.

It's clear that these two hugely contrasting artworks stand out for their visual impact as well as their unique ability to make the viewer stop and think.

The Fourth Plinth is the world's most loved and talked-about public art platform - it is pioneering, inventive and surprising, and above all, shows that London is open to creativity and ideas from around the world.

– Justine Simons, deputy mayor for culture and creative industries