Exhibition: Kara Walker

This exhibition runs from Fri, 27th Dec 2019 to Sun, 5th Apr 2020. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

24th Feb 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
25th Feb 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
26th Feb 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
27th Feb 2020  
(10am - 6pm)
28th Feb 2020  
(10am - 10pm)
29th Feb 2020  
(10am - 10pm)
1st Mar 2020  
(10am - 6pm)

Cost: Free of Charge

Acclaimed artist Kara Walker presents one of the most ambitious Hyundai Commissions to date

Fons Americanus is a 13-metre tall working fountain inspired by the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, London.

Rather than a celebration of the British Empire, Walker’s fountain explores the interconnected histories of Africa, America and Europe. She uses water as a key theme, referring to the transatlantic slave trade and the ambitions, fates and tragedies of people from these three continents. Fantasy, fact and fiction meet at an epic scale.

This commission has been made using an environmentally-conscious production process and has been built from recyclable or reusable cork, wood and metal. The surface covering is made from a non-toxic acrylic and cement composite that can be used for sculpting or casting. It avoids the use of large quantities of non-recyclable materials and harmful substances often found in the production of exhibitions and installations.

Based in New York, Kara Walker is acclaimed for her candid explorations of race, sexuality and violence. She is best known for her use of black cut-paper silhouetted figures, referencing the history of slavery and the antebellum South in the US through provocative and elaborate installations.

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