Posted by:Emily Oduor
“Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.” – Michelangelo
In Peter Ngugi’s case (The artisan behind the monumental sculpture in the lower piazza of the Hub Karen Mall) he had to discover the statue inside the steel and the mall gave him the best platform to do so.
The spectacular work of art that took Peter close to a year to complete, was unveiled to the public today in what was termed as “Under The Kahawa Tree.”
The Kahawa Tree’s leaves (detachable) are made of more than nine thousand stainless steel spoons and more than three thousand ripe coffee berries.
The mall’s management together with Judy Ogana from The Go Down Arts Centre worked together to bring the piece to life; they said that they unanimously settled on Peter’s idea out of many others presented to them because it stood out.
According to Peter, he chose the Kahawa tree because many Kenyans have benefited not only from the proceeds of coffee farming but also from the production.
He also stated that it has always been a culture to hold meetings; also known as barazzas under trees, hence the name “under the tree”
While giving his speech, he thanked the management of the mall and its partners for bringing art from the walls of a gallery and closer to the people.
Speaking to the press, Jonathan Yach; Mall Manager, (The Hub, Karen) said that The Hub’s vision has always been to celebrate contemporary art and that anyone visiting the mall was free to interact with the sculptures.
The artist explained that each sculpture depicted something different; from hard work, young father spending time with his child to tech inclusion which he says is to mark an era of information.