Sheet and scrap metal: a medium for today’s Ghanaian sculptor

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This project has been under-taken to investigate the cause of the limitation m the use of nontraditional materials in Ghanaian Sculpture. In achieving the objectives, craftsmen were visited and carefully observed and questioned why metal sheet and scrap were not being used for sculpture. Experimental works using the material-sheet metal and scrap-in various ways according to designs were carried out. They were assembled to form new shapes and forms. This made it clear that the material could be used effectively as desired. As a result, new design patterns have been produced departing from the stereotyped approach employed by the traditional sculptors. It is common knowledge that, lack of knowledge in the use of some materials still exists among sculptors in many parts of the world, of which Ghana is no exception. This tends to militate against progress, development, growth and maturity in sculpture. The researcher has made a positive move towards the application of knowledge desired for the use of sheet metal for sculpture in-the-round. The challenge is now in the court of prospective present and future sculptors to use the knowledge available to transform the new materials into monumental sculptures.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Painting and Sculpture in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the award of Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree in Sculpture, 2000