We have not yet had the pleasure of visiting New Orleans, Louisiana, however, recently watching a documentary about the city, that gave a tour of the city’s sites related to the Vodun religion and dispelling myths about it, featured for a few minutes a sculpture that celebrated the sunday freedom that enslaved people in the city had; the sculpture which is naturalistic in its creation is exquisite and a good example of public art that also has a measure of historical and cultural depth in sympathy and relationship to its location. The sculpture is by African-American artist, Adewale Adenle, who works in a variety of mediums; in the context of the continued memorialisation of the suffering, passion, celebration and glory that resulted in the emergence of Africa in the Americas, this is a work that deserves to be singularly well known. Indeed, according to Robi, a high priest of Vodun in New Orleans, the site has become a place of worship as well as of reflection – what could be more apt.
•Adenle’s 8ft x13ft cast bronze sculpture, (Congo Square/Bamboula Dance- I7th Century Slaves/Free Sunday Dance) and others. Commissioned by the City of New Orleans, LA, and installed in Louis Armstrong Park/Congo Square Ground, New Orleans