‘Wind Sculpture (SG) I’ by Yinka Shonibare MBE has been unveiled just in time for Armory week, commissioned for Doris C. Freedman Plaza at the southeast entrance to Central Park, New York.
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. Presented by Public Art Fund, the 23-foot-tall fibreglass sculpture that will rise above the plaza, reminiscent of the untethered sail of a ship. 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”.
‘Wind Sculpture (SG) I’ is now on view till 14 October 2018.