A graduate the Unversity of Benin (UNIBEN) has built a 12ft tall sculpture which has attracted huge attention nationwide.
Alade Isaac, the Fine and Applied Art graduate revealed his love for drawing and staring at pictures in story books as a child
“Sometimes I would jump the fence and walk around the town looking for pictures, sculptures, and statues that inspired me. I would go to our King’s palace to admire the painting done on the walls. I was that fascinated by artworks”
The sculpture according to Aladeogo was his final year project. He named it Humanity. According to him, the image is the tallest junk sculpture in Africa.
“Before I arrived at the giant structure, I did a written project and consulted many historical content. The research spans a period of three months. I used scrap objects, junk metals of different forms and shapes which signify the different phases of life.
“Humanity, my final year project, was inspired when I discovered the depth of suffering in Africa. Africa is projected as a continent full of negativity. Apart from our rich cultural heritage, nothing else is seen as good.
“So I discovered that it is not the continent, it’s the people. Our way of living needs to be refined. We need more self discovery.
“So I came up with the idea of what “Humanity” should be. Life is like a race. But in this journey, we have the wind of life that blows as we race. As we run fast in this wind, it tears us apart and we are diminishing with time but the good news is that if we don’t give up, we can still get to our destination and be fulfilled.
“The problem with many of us is that many Africans lack fulfilment. That is why we set up this for people to stop being selfish with their lives, let us live for the future because our lives is in the midst of the wind.
I Suffered Mockery, Ridicule!
Isaac explained that the process of building the image took a lot of dedication and diligence. “It took about five months. I started it on December 21st 2015 and ended on April 24th, 2016.”
“A lot of people laughed at me. Some even thought I don’t know what I am doing because I had to abandon my fashion, music and sport business to concentrate on the project. My story was everywhere on campus. Some of my friends left me because they were embarrassed and shy to relate with me because I was always looking dirty. They said I am doing overdo. Girls on Ekenwan campus mocked me. God! I suffered.”