African artist El Anatsui makes wall hangings out of recycled materials

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credit: Bonnie Alter

Bonnie Alter
Living / Culture
June 28, 2013

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El Anatsui is everywhere this year. With a huge piece on the outside of the venerable Royal Academy in London, and a whole show in the Brooklyn Museum and the High Line in New York, it's hard to miss him.

He is a West African artist who uses recycled materials such as discarded bottled tops, roofing sheets, printing plates and other detritus which he turns into intricate, shimmering metallic hangings.