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By Shannon Connelly

Ghanaian sculptor, El Anatsui sources thousands of reusable objects, puts them together and creates extraordinary works of art. These repurposed materials includes wood, aluminum wrappings, bottle tops, and other discarded items. These artistic traditions from Ghana and Nigeria express cultural, social and economic histories of West Africa. Examining the topic of consumption and trade and the limited recycling technology in West Africa led Anatsui to create Peak Project, 1999 from growing amounts of milk tins, wire, and bottle tops. “My work has revolved around the history of the continent of Africa. These bottle tops have served as a link between my continent, Africa, and Europe”, said Anatsui. What makes this work of art interesting? Well, the mountain-like peaks change shape and form with each installation; they are not static as one might expect. Peak Project is on display at the North Carolina Museum of Art and assembled in a peak to advertise the name brand Peak Milk.

IMAGE: Installation photo courtesy Perry Hurt and Natalie Braswell at the North Carolina Museum of Art and paccin.org. The original post can be found here

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