Harlem’s Nnamdi Okonkwo Sculpture

“I want my figures to be more symbolic rather than literal copies of the human form. Thus in sculpture, my figures, instead of being confined to a model, become a symbol of humanity”

Most Sundays, on my way to church, I would walk by this beautiful work of art and admire both its simplicity and beauty. The women in the sculpture look as if they were friends just enjoying each other’s company and appreciating one another for who they are; a moment that we all too often take for granted.

Their beautiful round figures and glowing textured skin remind me of what it means to be a black woman; and an African woman at that. Nigerian born Nnamdi Okonwo, is the man behind this beautiful artwork.

Located on: the corner of 120th Street and Fifth Avenue with views of Marcus Garvey Park.

To learn more about Nnamdi Okonkwo visit: http://www.nnamdiart.com/index.html

Join the conversation. What is your interpretation of this sculpture?

Senami Atinkpahoun

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