Yinka Shonibare Wind Sculptures In Nigeria And The USA

Yinka Shonibare MBE

The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC has unveiled Yinka Shonibare’s 20’ tall permanent sculpture, Wind Sculpture VII. Simulating the sails of ships that have crossed the world’s oceans, the artist eludes to the exchange of ideas, products and people over the course of history.

Whilst reminding us that the opening of the seas led to slave trade and colonisation, the artist also celebrates how Africans and African heritage have helped shape the United States, Great Britain and other nations.

Simultaneously, Shonibare’s Wind Sculpture VI has been installed in Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Lagos, Nigeria. It forms part of the British Council’s UK/Nigeria 2015-2016 season and is accompanied by a screening of three of the Shonibare’s films.

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