A rendering of Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Wind Sculpture (SG) I, which will be on view nearby Central Park starting on March 7, 2018.
Next year, Yinka Shonibare MBE (RA) will show a new work from his “Wind Sculpture” series near the southeast entrance of New York’s Central Park. Titled Wind Sculpture (SG) I, Yinka’s new piece has been commissioned by the Public Art Fund for Doris C. Freedman Plaza, where it will be on view from March 7th through October 14th.
Like earlier pieces in the “Wind Sculptures” series, the sculpture will resemble a large, billowing slice of fabric waving in the wind. Shonibare considers the 23-foot-tall Wind Sculpture (SG) I the beginning of a second generation of the series, the first generation having ended with Wind Sculpture VII, which is permanently installed outside the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C.
Nicholas Baume, the director and chief curator of the Public Art Fund, said,
“Monumental in scale and imposingly sited on axis with the entrance to Central Park, Yinka Shonibare’s Wind Sculpture (SG) I assumes the aspect of a classical civic monument. . . . Its patterned, fluttering sail suggests the geographical, cultural, and personal layers of a migration borne aloft on the cross currents of colonial history.”