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Boy on rocking horse stirs Trafalgar Square

LONDON (AP) -- Admiral Horatio Nelson has a new neighbor in London's Trafalgar Square -- a boy on a rocking horse.

The golden bronze 13-foot sculpture by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset was unveiled Thursday atop the square's empty "fourth plinth," one of the city's main showcases for public art.

The playful piece is a riposte to the square's military monuments. The new statue was unveiled by actress Joanna Lumley, who said she was thrilled to reveal the "completely unthreatening and adorable creature" to the public.

The sculpture will stand in the square, home to Nelson's Column, until next year.

The fourth plinth was erected in 1841 for an equestrian statue that was never completed.

It is now occupied by artworks erected for about 18 months at a time.


Auschwitz prison spurs flap with U.S. museum

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Polish and U.S. officials are engaged in intense talks to determine the fate of a sensitive object: part of a barracks that once housed doomed prisoners at the Nazis' Auschwitz death camp and is now on display at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Poland is demanding the return of the artifact, which has been on loan to the Washington museum for more than 20 years and is an important object in its permanent exhibition.

But the U.S. museum is resisting the demand, saying the valuable object shouldn't be moved partly because it is too fragile.

"Due to the barracks' size and the complexity of its installation, removing and transporting it to Poland presents special difficulties, including potentially damaging the artifact," the museum said in a statement to the Associated Press.

"Both the museum and our Polish partners have been actively discussing various proposals, and we remain committed to continue working with them to resolve this matter."

Half of the barracks still stands at Birkenau, a part of the vast Auschwitz-Birkenau complex.

The barracks on view in Washington is just half of a wooden building where prisoners slept in cramped, filthy and often freezing conditions as they awaited extermination, often in gas chambers.