Rosemary Square will commission the installation of works by world-renowned British Nigerian artist, Yinka Shonibare, CBE, in the. Shonibare’s Material (SG) II, part of the artist’s Wind Sculpture series, will be located at the outdoor plaza at 360 Rosemary, a Class-A office building set to debut in 2021. The commission is in collaboration with Related Companies, The West Palm Beach Art in Public Places (AiPP) Program, and City of West Palm Beach.
“Related Southeast is deeply committed to supporting diverse artistic voices and incorporating unique cultural and global viewpoints into our acclaimed public art collection. With Shonibare’s work, we are now expanding this mission to the north end of the Rosemary Square district at 360 Rosemary,” said Gopal Rajegowda, Senior Vice President, Related Companies. “We are proud of the private and public partnership with the City of West Palm Beach that allowed us to bring such a distinguished artist to our dynamic neighborhood.”
Set to be unveiled in 2021, Material (SG) II will be the artistic anchor of the 300,000 square-foot 360 Rosemary building. The colorful hand-painted fiberglass sculpture will stand 20 feet tall and represent the movement of wind and freezing it in a moment in time. The sculpture’s fabric component, which is commonly considered to be traditional African cloth, is based on Indonesian batik patterns, factory-produced by the Dutch and sold to West African colonies in the nineteenth century.
Shonibare’s Wind Sculpture series harnesses the metaphors of the hybrid fabric and the invisible force of nature to explore global migration and our interconnected contemporary culture.
In 2013, Shonibare kicked off his Wind Sculpture series that are now exhibited across iconic destinations around the world from the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington to the Ndubuisi Kanu Park in Lagos.
“My work is about celebrating the diversity of communities and highlighting our connections,” says artist Yinka Shonibare. “I do not ever underestimate the importance of public access to such basic principles of inclusion.”
“The inclusion of a significant and vibrant sculpture by an internationally celebrated artist such as Shonibare elevates the discourse around public art in the City of West Palm Beach. The city’s partnership with private companies like Related Companies is a major step toward establishing us as a not-to-be-missed arts destination and affirms both entities commitment to bringing art experiences and ideas directly to the public,” says Sybille Welter, Administrator of Public Art and Culture for the City of West Palm Beach.