Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
'SANCTUM' 2014. Departure lounge, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya. Commissioned by the National Museums of Kenya. Materials; brass, wood, steel . 3x1.5x1.5 M
Structurally inspired by the monolithic adobe architecture of Western Africa, the piece titled 'Sanctum' is in reference to Africa's inner sanctuary that houses age-old practices by master artisans and their legacy of craftsmanship. Our traditions, rituals, ancient knowledge and spirituality are all tied up in the practices of those who forged,marked and wove their mediums, to either adorn themselves or portray the world around them.
In an increasingly globalized world such intricate practices lay exposed to being undervalued, smothered by the rush of fast paced consumerism and mass production. These practices were explored in this sculpture through the active processes of hammering, marking, staining and scarifying of metals. Simple lines, shapes and meditative rhythms generated by repetitive ornamental patterns seek to expose the importance of a practice that signifies the meditative connections between the human, God, the earth and the spirit.