Art of El Anatsui…

His art resembles the plate armor of soldiers in medieval Europe and Japan. At the same time, it has the effect of a fluttering piece of fabric. Born in Ghana, his work is developed from a unique way of joining small pieces of metal. All of his pieces are composed of what would be discarded metal whether it be cans, lids or caps. Pieces take thousands of hours to produce and besides the impact they have on protecting the environment, give work to countless Nigerians in the production of a piece.  His work consists of flattening strips of metal, cutting them into hexagons and then connecting them together with pieces of wire. All of his pieces are created while maintaining the original names of the products they were recycled from. They can be as large as 16 feet and will never appear in the same manner depending on how they are hung. The draping of the metal is so fluid that no matter how they are hung they maintain their beauty. His work reflects the artist’s concern for our present-day environmental crisis. If you ever have a chance to see a piece of his work, don’t hesitate.