Atsu Kpotufe

The Mind Sails at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

Artist Statement

As I observe the world around me, I often notice our many wasted opportunities to make things beautiful. Our built environment can receive better consideration, as opposed to design decisions being influenced by economics, and I dream of a world in which beauty is the number one priority. Not beauty for beauty’s sake; but beauty within functionality, elegance with consideration for how the things around us affect our quality of life. This is why I create.

Concept – COMING SPRING 2019

Books take the mind on a journey. As we become immersed in the story within a book, we embark on a journey that is an intricate collaboration between what the words suggest and what our minds imagine. Books have also inspired some of the biggest discoveries in human history, including the discovery of the land we today call home.

The conceptual approach for this book share station is based on the idea of the journey, that it may be to some unknown imaginary land or into the depths of scientific discovery. The concept is reflected in the sculpture through the use of a pair of boat sails jutting out of the ground, angled as if taking off out from underground. The two sails have the container for the books sandwiched between them to create a single sculptural unit. For the viewer who happens onto white sails coming out from below the grass, this creates immediate intrigue. This effect is heightened by the contrast of the white finish on the sails against the greenscape of the park’s turf.

About the Artist

Originally from West Africa, Atsu Kpotufe’s artwork is displayed around Indianapolis. Kpotufe is a seasoned painter and furniture maker who draws inspiration from graphic design and architectural lenses. His work can be seen at the ABC School of Applied Behavior, and inside the NCAA Hall of Champions.


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park

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