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Le soleil se lèvera toujours

Le soleil se lèvera toujours 

Artist:

Siriki Ky

Inauguration Date:

1999, on the occasion of the VIIIe Sommet de la Francophonie in Moncton

Location :

Sommet Art Park, located in front of the Aberdeen Cultural Centre at the corner of St. George and Botsford streets.

Description of Artwork:

This artwork is composed of two elongated and intertwined pieces of metal that reach up to the sky, seeking the sun’s warmth and light. The two metal pieces are tied together with wire, and hold a piece of stone in their core. The artwork is set on a concrete base.

Symbolism:

The sun will always rise, whatever happens, and it will shine for all humans, whether we are in the north or south, or anywhere in the world. The sun may not be shining where we are at the moment, but we can know that it rose to shine somewhere on earth. Meant to take on the natural tone of rust with time, Le soleil se lèvera toujours stands proudly at the centre of Sommet Art Park.

A Word on Artist Siriki Ky

Born in 1953 in Abidjan, sculptor Siriki Ky received his artistic education at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Bingerville, Ivory Coast, then at the Centre de formation professionnelle in Pietrasanta, Italy, where he expanded his sculpting techniques in granite and bronze. He now lives in Ouagadougou, and his works are presented in many countries around the world.

A man of conviction, he has managed to bring contemporary African culture out of the ghetto in which the foreign eye has tended to frame it. In 1988, he launched the first International Granite Sculpture Symposium in Laongo, Burkina Faso, and the fourth was held in 1998.

For many years, Siriki Ky primarily explored mixes of bronze and wood. He then moved towards a more primitive art by sculpting tubular figures. Siriki Ky’s work displays various materials used initially to create cultural fetishes. He likes to say that he is returning deep inside Africa to explore all of the mythical objects so dear to Africa and enthusiasts. His objects record or offer critical accounts of his time, of parts of his society. He wants them to be witnesses of our era. Old and worn pieces of wood, lengths of ragged, old cotton fabric, cowries and patina with kaolin and natural ochre pigments combine to give his work that truth which is revealed when reading accounts of past African societies.


Le soleil se lèvera toujours


Le soleil se lèvera toujours