Artist Elias Sime Commissioned for Design of Public Garden at Ethiopian National Palace

October 1st, 2019

Artist Elias Sime has been commissioned to design a a large public garden for the Grand National Palace in Addis Ababa, a space that was previously off-limits to citizens. “Once [prime minister Abiy Ahmed] saw it, literally the next day he called Elias up and said, ‘You need to come to the grounds of the royal palace, which I’m going to open to the public for the first time since 1976. It will become our national pride, and you need to build a garden for us,’” says dealer James Cohan.

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