- Materials: Stainless steel
- Dimensions: 3.1m high
A new monument to writer and activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, executed 11 years ago in Nigeria for his campaign against the devastation by oil companies of the Niger delta, was unveiled outside the Guardian’s offices in central London on November 10, 2006. The “Living Memorial” is a sculpture in the form of a bus by the Nigerian-born artist Sokari Douglas Camp, and will tour the UK over the coming year. See slideshow and commentary on the Guardian website.
- Materials: Steel and gravel
- Dimensions: 51cm x W 81cm x D 285cm
- Housed: Artco, Germany
Rack of People was a proposal for a memorial in Hyde Park. This is a model of a structure that would be life sized. The idea is to present a memorial so that our children might learn from history and relate to it.
Rack of people is a 3D illustration of the Brooke ship. The repeated shapes of the slaves laid down like sardines without a thought of the space needed to turn on their sides to get comfortable or to do any daily activities like eating and ablutions. The gravel tray is scaled to represent the size of the ship and the ‘tower’ of people is a section of the ship. The man on top is rising above the horror below.
The gravel I hope reminds people of the sea and the countless people thrown off the boats and the people that died during the crossing.
Rack of people is replica ship to walk around. So we never forget the human scale and the size of the ships that took part in this passage in history.
- Materials: Powder-coated steel
- Dimensions: 8' x 13' x 7'
- Housed: Southwark Council 2006
This commission was for Channel Four who wanted a permanent sculpture to travel around the country reminding people of their programme ‘The New Ten Commandments’. I came up with this piece because I wanted a gesture that went with the words ‘Treat others as you would be treated’ There are three figures in the sculpture two are throwing the word as if to cloak each other, the figure in front is waiting to receive his cloak, he is red, to catch the viewers attention. I chose the colours because of Renaissance religious painting depicting people with cloaks and shawls touching angels and god. Blue Pink and Red.
- Materials: Powder-coated steel and water feature
- Dimensions: 243cm x 610cm x 60cm
- Housed: Stux Gallery, USA
Sokari Douglas Camp ‘s sculpture Asoebi is inspired by the Yoruba concept of Asoebi, women in Nigeria to grace an occasion dress in the same attire of lace and Haze head ties. This is to show solidarity and love for the occasion and the people organising the event. Some times depending on their circumstances some women that want to take part have to beg and borrow to look like their friends. ‘Lace Sweat and Tears’ the nearest English interpretation might be ‘blood sweat and tears’. The sculpture describes the beauty suffering and indomitable spirit of people in Nigeria. The sculpture was created as a water feature for the Garden for Africa at the British Museum in collaborated with Ground Force.