Much as I love El Anatsui's works in metal, I was also intrigued by several of his older wood sculptures on display in Akron. Just as he now gets metal from discarded cans and bottles, he used to work with discarded wood, which he further distressed with chain saw cuts, drilled holes, wire wrapping, scorching, and occasionally some paint.
Although all the works hang on the wall, they're certainly 3-D, with lots of texture and bas-relief depth. He frequently made his sculptures in separate panels, which can be rearranged in different ways for display. This format references African kente cloth, in which narrow woven strips are sewed together to make wider panels.