City of Kigali unveils new sculpture at Kicukiro-Sonatubes roundabout

By IGIHE
On 28 December 2019 at 07:30

Presented in spectacular, life-like statues, photos of a new sculpture at Kicukiro-Sonatubes roundabout have recently been trending on social media especially on Twitter where it has received mixed reviews of people asking what it represented and others admiring the incredible artistry of the sculptures.

The sculptures are a mesmerizingly vivid depiction of the Rwandan culture as it shows two female dancers in the midst of a common dance in Rwanda known as "Gushayaya" and a male drummer ’Umukaraza’ beating a drum to match the rythm of the dance.

The two dancers are dressed in the traditional dancing attire known as ’Inshabure’ with a closely-fitting bustier while the drummer is dressed in a wrapped skirt bunched at the hips and ornaments including ankle and head-band typical of warriors’ regalia in ancient Rwanda.

Pudence Rubingisa, the Mayor of Kigali said that the sculpture was created to spark strong emotions, especially from visitors as it is strategically located at a junction linking Kicukiro, Remera and the City center. "The sculpture will also be an attraction for tourists who will be visiting Rwanda once Bugesera International Airport will be completed."

The iconic piece of art was sculpted by Pascal Bushayija, a graduate from Nyundo School of Art and Music who has participated in various art exhibitions both locally and internationally notably in Uganda and France.

The sculpture is mounted on a circular landscape ornated with the trending ’Imigongo’ patterns and renders a true narrative masterpiece carved into the metal.

The dancing and graceful posture represents hospitality as a deeply-rooted Rwandan virtue as well as broader themes of unity and gender inclusiveness.

According to the City of Kigali master plan, 6% of land in Kigali has been allocated to recreational spaces. Recently, the City unveiled a Public Park at City Hall in town which construction started in January 2019 and two other public parks are under construction in Nyandungu and Gikondo.

The City also announced that it is planning on building eight more roundabouts across Kigali in a bid of promoting the creative scene in Rwanda and curating a cultural hub through art.

Pudence Rubingisa, the Mayor of Kigali said that the sculpture was created to spark strong emotions, especially from visitors as it is strategically located at a junction linking Kicukiro, Remera and the City center
The sculpture is mounted on a circular landscape ornated with the trending 'Imigongo' patterns and renders a true narrative masterpiece carved into the metal.

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