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Yinka Shonibare Unveils Wind Sculpture in Central Park

Yinka Shonibare has landed in New York.
The London-based artist was in New York this week for the unveiling of his latest public artwork, his first in New York City. Located in the middle of Doris C. Freedman plaza at the southeast entrance to Central Park, his tall and bright “Wind Sculpture” was placed in collaboration with the Public Art Fund, which oversees the rotating public works in the area.
“The Public Art Fund has a mission to present the work of artists who are leading the conversation and the direction in contemporary art internationally,” says director of Public Art Fund Nicholas Baume, who joined Shonibare for the art’s public unveiling this week. “We of course are fundamentally committed to freedom of expression, artistic freedom, and the belief that artists should have a platform as a part of a dynamic, civic culture, and that public art is a vital way to do that.”
Shonibare’s work intrinsically explores global migration. The “Wind Sculpture” series, painted in the style of African textiles and inspired by a sail blowing in the wind, evolved out of his previous sculpture in Trafalgar Square, “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle,” and just as the name suggests, the sculpture is a giant

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