Saturday, March 24th international artist and sculptor Nijel Binns will be presenting his Tupac Shakur maquette statue at The Oakland Museum of California exhibit RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom. Nijel has been recognized in commission to sculpt influential icons such as Michael Jackson, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, political leader Mervyn M. Dymally, comic book creator Stan Lee, and many more. His Michael Jackson sculpture was featured for the “Top Selling Artist of the Decade” tribute, and he received an additional commission from Motown Records to create a gold plated Maasai Princess bronze sculpture for musical legend Stevie Wonder.
Binns’ work includes wax figures as well. His creation of astronaut Colonel Ron McNair was installed for the “Great Blacks in Wax” Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. The artists’ largest public monument is a 16-foot tall two ton bronze “Mother of Humanity” monument which is a tribute to “peace, a mother’s loving-kindness, and the singularity of the human family”. This monument was unveiled on Mother’s Day in 1996 and is currently installed at the Watts Labor Community Action Committee in Watts, California.
Nijel looks to find a permanent site for his life-sized bronze Tupac statue to recognize Tupac’s “long standing relationship with many Oakland Hip-Hop artists and his evolution into a global icon.” His Mother of Humanity AFRICA project will be a long term international one as a gift to the people of Africa. Binns explains, “It is this preservation of legacy that drives my sculptures, paintings, and books. In truth, however, I am simply continuing a tradition begun long ago in ancient Egypt. Perhaps award winning writer Alex Haley summed it up best when he said simply “find the good and praise.”
The Oakland Museum of California exhibit, RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom will be on display from
March 24 – August 12, 2018 10am- 6pm
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