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Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, sculpture ‘Hibiscus Rising’ unveiled in Aire Park, Leeds, England


Image of Hibiscus Rising, a powerful 10-metre high sculpture by Yinka Shonibare CBE RA
Image of Hibiscus Rising, a powerful 10-metre high sculpture by Yinka Shonibare CBE RA

A new sculpture from international artist Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, has been commissioned by the David Oluwale Memorial Association (DOMA) to honour the life of the British Nigerian and Leeds resident whose personal story inspired local people to create a lasting legacy to mark his life. The sculpture will be unveiled as part of Leeds 2023, the city’s landmark year of culture.


"DOMA have created an extraordinary moment for Leeds by bringing an artist of the calibre of Yinka Shonibare to our city. Yinka’s sculpture will encourage us to learn from the past and is an incredible legacy for the future. Across our city, there are many people who are locked out of opportunities and through projects like this one, and more, we have the potential to help create chances to nurture and inspire the next generation of creative talent as well as celebrate the rich diversity and internationalism of Leeds.”

- Kully Thiarai


 

ABOUT YINKA SHONIBARE:


Artist Shonibare was born in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria when he was three years old, returning later to study Fine Art at Byam School of Art (now Central Saint Martin’s College) and then at Goldsmith’s College. A Turner Prize nominee (2004) and Royal Academician, he commented: “It is an honour to have been asked to create this new work to remember an ordinary man with an extraordinary legacy. This sculpture will be a symbol of hope; an everyday reminder of our desire to improve the lives of all and a place for people to come together and I’m looking forward to working with DOMA and the communities where David lived in the months and years to come.”





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Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, sculpture ‘Hibiscus Rising’ unveiled in Aire Park, Leeds, England

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