Image Resources | Currently on View in Anna S. and James P. White Gallery (W404)
As one of Africa's most influential contemporary artists, El Anatsui makes metal wall sculptures resembling draped and bunched cloths that are similar in pattern to traditional West African strip woven textiles.
Anatsui's work is constructed of discarded and flattened liquor bottle caps, stitched together using copper wires.
By transforming discarded objects into works of art, Anatsui comments on consumerism, disposability, and the colonial legacy of the rum trade.
From the artist via (October Gallery, London) in February 2007; purchased by Indianapolis Museum of Art (2007).