96 Racial Equality Globes are a part of the nationwide project, The World Reimagined. The project’s goal is to explore the stories told by the incredible artists of history. The final result is to make racial justice a reality. After exposure on the streets of London (November 19-20), the goal is to sell the globes at an auction. As a result, the money will go for the artists and education programs.
“The public should learn about the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans” – TWR Director
If you find yourself in Trafalgar Square this weekend, it’ll be hard to miss the 96 globe sculptures. The World Reimagined is inviting families, businesses, and communities to come together and explore the UK’s relationship with the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans.
Yinka Shonibare is one of the artists founded by the project, and he participated in designing the globes. It is important to say the public can bid on them in an online auction held by Bonhams online. The online auction is available until November 25.
Additionally, donations will benefit The World Reimagined’s education program. Also, they will be helpful to the artists, and the creation of a grant-making program for organizations and racial justice projects.
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“The core mission of The World Reimagined is to engage the public to learn about the impact of the Transatlantic Trade in Enslaved Africans”, Ashley Shaw Scott Adjaye, artistic director of The World Reimagined said. She also added it is important to “have a public exhibition in Trafalgar Square, in the heart of the capital, where so many people can interact with these glorious works, which is incredibly exciting.”
96 Racial Equality Globes and the Importance of Diversity
Supported by the Mayor of London, the weekend-long exhibition in Trafalgar Square is the final stop. The exhibition followed a three-month public display. It included seven UK cities. Those cities are Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, and Swansea. King Charles III also paid a visit to The World Reimagined’s sculptures. This happened in Leeds on Tuesday 8 November.
Also, each has a QR code at its base that directs visitors to a website where they can learn more about the issues and stories addressed in the artwork. “This is a deeply powerful moment. We believe in the idea of patriotism, which says that we are strong and brave enough to look honestly at our shared past and present”, said project co-founder Michelle Gayle.
“Also, together we can create a better future”, she added. “It’s not black history — it’s our whole history”. African diaspora artists from all around the United Kingdom, as well as some from the Caribbean, decorated the sculptures. “The World Reimagined is an important opportunity to reflect on the importance of our diversity. Also, it is important to shine a light on our collective stories that too often remain untold”, said the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.