Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
Twentieth Anniversary Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition
African Crucifix by Ken Smith
African Crucifix by Ken Smith

African Crucifix

Bronze

6' x 2'

Ken Smith
Myrtle Beach, SC

11th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition (1997-1998)

Artist's Comments

I am interested in creating rhythms of light and dark in my pieces and I strive to couple these dynamic rhythms with stimulating and sometimes disturbing themes. I want my pieces to invite the outstretched hand to enhance the experience the viewer shares with my art. My concept for this piece evolved as a simple representation of countries that have suffered famine in Africa, this was not my intent. I am presenting the paradox of the death of civilizations at the very birthplace of civilization, the cradle of mankind, Africa. The baby represents mankind and the mother is the mother of all, Earth. The globe at the female's feet symbolizes the schism between the haves and have nots. This was added after the piece was well under way. The color of the life size piece was also important in my mind. I chose a warm brownish gray, the color of malnutrition and the third world.
Ken Smith