The variety of materials that were used in traditional African architecture is a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of its builders. Materials such as straw, stone, adobe and bamboo lend a majesty, a richness and beauty to traditional African architecture that is unforgettable. When entire villages, towns or cities have been created from one if these materials, it is a wondrous sight to behold. That was the inspiration for such sculptures as Gateway to Sahara and Cliff Dwellers.
Gateway to Sahara, a bronze sculpture that was inspired by ancient cities in sub-Saharan Africa, which appear mysteriously to emerge from the desert. Totally surrounded by windswept desert sands, these cities and their inhabitants have survived for hundreds of years. As one approaches the cities, the forms of the buildings seem to appear and disappear. This mirage-like phenomenon was fascinating to me and I have made use of it in this sculpture. The low-slung bleached white buildings seem to sway and tilt against an ubiquitous force.