International modern and contemporary art
On a recent visit to the Tate Modern I viewed the Fons Americanus. It’s a large piece displayed in the Turbine Hall. Inspired by the fountain that sits in front of Buckingham Palace, The Victoria Memorial. I had a walk around the artwork, and managed to figure out a rough idea of what the work was about. After reading the wall scroll that tells you all about it I was proved right. Very clever, the piece worked for me as I managed to work out the reason/story behind the work.
Acclaimed artist Kara Walker presents one of the most ambitious Hyundai Commissions to date
Rather than a celebration of the British Empire. The Walker’s fountain explores the interconnected histories of Africa, America and Europe. She uses water as a key theme. Referring to the transatlantic slave trade and the ambitions, fates and tragedies of people from these three continents. Fantasy, fact and fiction meet at an epic scale.
This commission has been made using an environmentally-conscious production. The process and has been built from recyclable or reusable cork, wood and metal. The surface covering is made from a non-toxic acrylic and cement composite that can be used for sculpting or casting. It avoids the use of large quantities of non-recyclable materials. No harmful substances often found in the production of exhibitions and installations.
Based in New York, Kara Walker is acclaimed for her candid explorations of race, sexuality and violence. She is best known for her use of black cut-paper silhouetted figures. Referencing the history of slavery and the antebellum South in the US through provocative and elaborate installations.
Opening Times of Tate Modern
Sunday to Thursday 10.00–18.00
Friday to Saturday 10.00–22.00
Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Website Tate Modern