By Yinka Shonibare MBE
Material : Steel armature with hand painted fiberglass resin cast
Location : Mapletree Business City II
Duration : Permanent
Collection : Mapletree
Dimensions : 3.4(L) x 8(W) x 6.1(H) m
Wind Sculpture I examines how history and trade influence culture but also how natural elements, such as wind, still have an impact on our activities. The fabric pattern used on the work has a complex history in its trade routes: originally designed as an Indonesian fabric and produced by the Dutch, it was sold by the British to the African market in the 19th and early 20th century, “a perfect metaphor for multi-layered identities.” The work, in the shape of the sails, captures the wind to produce something tangible out of the intangible. Here, “something as insignificant as a breeze is turned into something monumental, while a historical time period is made universally ambivalent,” alluding to the countless headless monuments that portray a larger historical moment.