This spring, Public Art Fund will present Wind Sculpture (SG) I, a new sculpture by Yinka Shonibare MBE commissioned for Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the southeast entrance to Central Park, NY. Created from fiberglass and covered with an intricate pattern, the 23-foot-tall sculpture will rise above the plaza, reminiscent of the untethered sail of a ship billowing in the breeze. Its unique, hand-painted pattern in turquoise, red, and orange — colours that the artist associates with his childhood on the beaches of Lagos — is inspired by Dutch wax batik print, which Shonibare has called the ‘perfect metaphor for multilayered identities’. This is the first work in a second generation of his celebrated Wind Sculpture series and continues Shonibare’s ongoing examination of the construction of cultural identity through the lens of colonialism. The work will create an opportunity to reflect on social issues associated with our current moment, including the movement of people and ideas across borders and the role of monuments in heterogeneous societies. 

Shonibare will be in conversation with Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art Fund, at The New School on Monday 5 March at 6:30pm. For more details and tickets click here

Yinka Shonibare MBE: Wind Sculpture (SG) I will be on view 7 March – 14 October 2018 in Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park, New York