The British Council has announced the unveiling of the first ever outdoor sculpture in Nigeria, named ‘Wind Sculpture VI’.
Created by Yinka Shonibare, the fiberglass work which is six meters high will go on display at the Ndubuisi Kanu Park in Ikeja, Lagos.
The event is a part of the British Council’s UK/Nigeria 2015–16 season, which aims to build new audiences, create new collaborations and strengthen relationships between the two countries.
The artist, Yinka Shonibare, was born in London and moved to Lagos as a child.
He will travel to Nigeria for the unveiling of the sculpture, give a talk to students and attend a screening of a selection of his film works at the site of the installation.
This is the first time that his work has gone on public display in Nigeria.
“It is particularly exciting to be showing my Art in Lagos, Nigeria the country of my childhood,” said Shonibare.
“It gives me great pleasure to be launching my first exhibition in Nigeria in the context of a British/Nigerian cultural exchange.
“The importance of such an exchange can never be underestimated as it forms the basis for our mutual peace and prosperity through Art.
“Through my art, I am not afraid to explore new ideas and new ways of doing things, I challenge, provoke and entertain in equal measure. I am very much looking forward to my visit to Lagos, Nigeria.”
Emma Dexter, director of visual arts, British Council, said: “Yinka Shonibare MBE(RA) is one of UK’s leading artists and his work epitomises the inventiveness and original characteristic of contemporary British art.
“I’m delighted that residents and visitors in Lagos will be able to enjoy his Wind Sculpture VI in Ndubuisi Kanu Park, and hope that this venture will herald the beginning of an exciting new chapter for public art in Nigeria.”
The Wind Sculpture VI Exhibition will hold from Thursday November 24 – January 31.
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