49. Wind Sculpture at Central Park
Earlier this year, British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE RA debuted Wind Sculpture (SG) I, a part of his Wind Sculpture series, in the Doris C. Freedman Plaza, which marks the southeast entrance to Central Park.
Shonibare, one of the best-know contemporary artists in Britain, refers to himself as a “cultural hybrid”, resulting from his ties to both Nigeria and England overlaid with the web of global relations that have stemmed from politics and trade that have shaped his upbringing and his art. In Wind Sculpture (SG) I, Shonibare took the visual of a piece of fabric blowing in the wind and rendered it into a piece of solid fiberglass. The monumental sculpture features a hand-painted pattern inspired by Dutch wax batik print fabric in order to evoke what Shonibare himself refers to as “multilayered identities.”
The exhibit will run until October 14, 2018.