The African Renaissance Monument in Senegal, larger that the Eiffel tower and the statue of liberty .. Things you don’t see in mainstream media.
This is beautiful.
I think this picture better illustrates the size of that monument.
I never even knew this existed this makes me so happy to find out about it
Argh, I seriously wish there was more on African Art movements in Art/Art History books. This monument was made back in 2006 for crying out loud! There’s so much that the art-historian in me is burning to say about this…But short story shorter, the movement known as African Renaissance is a relatively modern and multi-faceted concept, starting around the mid-20th century, even though more often than not it takes up such a small section of the so-called “Non-Western” classes at uni. Just the fact that we still treat the name of the class with such an Otherness mentality is so absurd and more than maddening, but there you have it folks. Sigh.
The monument was actually unveiled in 2010, is by no means taller than the Eiffel Tower (though, really, why compare two really different structures?) and has garnered ample criticism in Senegal for being an expensive waste of taxpayer money that was dreadfully needed elsewhere (education and health, for example). It was the megalomaniac crowning jewel of the mismanaged and corrupt presidency of Abdoulaye Wade, who was not only criticized for unnecessary and reckless spending but also for heavily limiting freedom of the press and other civil liberties.
The statue, furthermore, is looked upon by many as cartoonish and barely sporting any clear African facial features, much less Senegalese. This might be due to the fact that, even though it was said to have been designed by a Senegalese it was actually designed by a Romanian and built by a North Korean company.
The cherry on top of this bleak Sunday is, no doubt, that President Wade said he had claim to intellectual property rights of the statue (because he came up with the idea!) and had a right to 35% of the profits raised.
Bottom line is most Senegalese hate the statue, not only because they consider it ugly but also because it’s become an international joke.It cost them money they didn’t have, it didn’t even use African manual labour, so Senegalese artists really, really fucking hate it and it was built smack in the middle of one of the worst contemporary economic crisis the country has faced, so you can imagine how thrilled they were all to pay for it.
I’m sure there are superb examples of African contemporary art out there but this is not one of them.
That last comment. Could not have said it better myself
THIS WAS SO WELL DONE IT MADE ME PHYSICALLY SICK
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This is the rank #1 model for the year in modelers-g made by masamune.
This is his MG Z’Gok Stingray. Very very awesome work if you ask me XD