New Layout


Aluminium liquor bootle caps and copper wire

244 × 303 cm (96 1/16 × 119 5/16 in.) Overall dimensions (work laid out on the ground): 244 × 303 × 3 cm (96 1/16 × 119 5/16 × 1 3/16 in.)

To create this giant metallic cloth, the sculptor El Anatsui used aluminium tops from liquor bottles and copper wire, entwined in the style of traditional Kente weaving.

For the artist, these sparkling cloths are “fluid objects that have no ‘given’ or ‘authorised’ form.” The form of the work can change, both in the construction process (elements could be removed, replaced or moved) and in the choice of its arrangement. The bottle tops also refer to Africa’s colonial past: alcohol was one of the first goods brought in by European merchants in exchange for products in Africa.

The sculpture New Layout (2009), part of the Pinault Collection, was presented at the Palazzo Grassi at the "Le Monde vous appartient" (“The World Belongs to You”) exhibition (2011 - 2012).
Brahim El Anatsui's other artwork