“Serendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you've found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for.”
~ Lawrence Block
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art came late to collecting modern art, but it continues to add wonderful work. This remarkable sculpture, "Dusasa II," by the Ghanaian artist and university teacher El Anatsui, is a 2008 acquisition.
The first thing you notice is how enormous it is — approximately 20 x 24 feet. Then, as you take in its soft folds and undulations, you go in for a closer look.
The sign on the wall tells you "Dusasa II" is woven from bits of aluminum, copper wire and liquor bottle caps that litter the landscape of West Africa.
It's hard to believe unless you're right there staring at it.
Rice University's Rice Gallery filmed El Anatsui and collaborators as they created a massive installation called "Gli (Wall)" earlier this year. The gallery's website notes that the artist's huge tapestries "recall kente cloth, the emblematic fabric of Ghana. Anatsui’s father and brothers wove the kente of the Ewe people." Click here to see the artist discuss his work as it's being assembled.
"In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind."
~ Louis Pasteur