A critical appraisal of contemporary monumental sculptures in public education in Ghana (a Kumasi case study)

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The research seeks to identify, appraise, assess, and document the educational values of public monumental sculptures in the Kumasi Metropolis. The research is undertaken against the background that monumental sculptures form part of the environment and can make meaningful educational impact on the public. This can only be realised when the quality of the works are enhanced and are made accessible to all by locating them at the numerous empty public places in the environment, The descriptive and analytical methods were used in this research, and the monumental sculptures understudied consist of those erected at the various points in Kumasi. For the purpose of easy comprehension, the research has been organised and presented in five chapters. Each chapter deals with a particular topic into details. The first chapter provides a general introduction to the problem and its setting. Chapter two reviews relevant literature, related to the problem under investigation. The third chapter critically identifies, appraises, and assesses the historical monumental sculptures in public education. Chapter four deals with the identification, appraisal and assessment of monumental sculptures for aesthetical education. Finally, chapter five summarises the research findings and offers practical recommendations that could make monumental sculptures more relevant to the public. Information for this thesis was obtained through personal interviews of artists, lecturers, students, and the general public. Books, journals and unpublished theses related to the problem were also consulted.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award of the Degree of Master of Arts in in Art Education, 1992