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Echoes of Legacy: Sculpture Honoring Black Icons Across Time

Echoes of Legacy: Sculpture Honoring Black Icons Across Time

A remarkable sculpture, described as a monument to 12 influential Black figures spanning from the 17th century to the present day, has been unveiled as a preview to the eagerly anticipated exhibition "Entangled Pasts 1768-now: Art, Colonialism, and Change" running from February 3rd to April 28th.
Crafted meticulously from bronze, black patina, and adorned with gold leaf, the sculpture serves as a poignant tribute to the enduring legacies of these individuals. Renowned artist Tavares Strachan, reflecting on the significance of the sculpture in the exhibition catalogue, emphasized the importance of preserving the stories of Black individuals without the dominance of Eurocentric narratives.
Among the esteemed figures immortalized in the sculpture are Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Harriet Tubman, Shirley Chisholm, Marcus Garvey, Zumbi dos Palmares, Haile Selassie, Mary Seacole, Matthew Henson, Marsha P. Johnson, King Tubby, Derek Walcott, and Robert Henry Lawrence. Each name represents a chapter of resilience, activism, creativity, and trailblazing achievements that have left an indelible mark on history and continue to inspire generations.
This unveiling coincides with Black History Month in the UK, a time of reflection and celebration of the enduring contributions of Black individuals to society. As the exhibition invites visitors to delve into the intertwined narratives of art, colonialism, and change, it underscores the importance of recognizing and honoring the diverse voices and experiences that shape our shared history.
This month is a time for reflection and recognition, honoring the legacy of figures like Iris Alba, Michael Ward, Lashana Lynch, Naomie Harris, and countless others who have made significant cultural and artistic contributions.