Lagos State Government, through the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK), has joined Sterling Bank Plc to make history when Undressed Identity, a monumental sculpture of the famed Eyo masquerade was unveiled at Muri Okunola Park, Victoria Island, at the weekend.
The environmentally friendly art piece made from recycled aluminium was one of the four winning entries from the maiden edition of RecyclArt, a competition initiated by Sterling Bank to inspire a new generation of Nigerians artists and the art genre.
Produced by Dudu Emmanuel, the finalist who represented Lagos zone in the competition, Undressed Identity repositions ‘Eyo’ in the public space, using recycled aluminium as a medium of expression in showcasing its costume, including cap, staff and flowing gown.
Speaking at the ceremony, Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, said Sterling Bank is a force for good and valued partner that has collaborated with the state government to deliver several life-enriching and citizen-oriented projects.
“I am delighted but not surprised to see Sterling Bank pioneering reuse and repurposing waste into artworks. I have come to associate the bank with projects that are of immense value to the society.
Let me also use this opportunity to commend LASPARK for its entrepreneurial intervention and initiative, which has helped to birth this public-private partnership with Sterling Bank. We hope to collaborate with the bank on more value-adding projects in the near future,” Durosinmi-Etti said.