Yinka Shonibare MBE – Flower Gun – sculpture

Yinka Shonibare MBE - Flower Gun - 2016

Yinka Shonibare MBE, Flower Gun, 2016 Yinka Shonibare MBE, Flower Gun, 2016

Yinka Shonibare MBE is known for his signature use of Dutch wax fabric widely used in Africa but originating in Indonesia and Holland. In Flower Gun he uses this fabric to subvert an object originally intended to cause harm. In place of bullets, delicate hand-stitched origami fabric flowers are projected from the gun’s barrel. The gun is encased in acrylic making it an unreachable weapon, thus transforming its original purpose and rendering it redundant. Based on a 19th century design, the gun along with the Dutch wax fabric reflects Shonibare’s interest in the cultural effects and legacy of global trade and British imperialism. Flower Gun is a playful take on the futility of conflict and a comment on the prevalence of guns and violence in today’s society.

Medium: Replica gun and hand-sewn Dutch wax-printed cotton textile flowers in acrylic
Size: 7 1/2 x 13 2/5 x 7 1/2 in
Edition of 35
Price: $7,250

This limited edition Yinka Shonibare sculpture is available at Art+Culture Projects
Launch Price of $6,500 using code yinkalaunch only available until midnight October 15, 2016

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