From the Catalogue, Spitalfields Public Art 2005
“…Ali’s bronze is not just a simple reminder of the days of the market: A Pear and a Fig is a still life, the fruits are ripe and ready to eat. The fabric and the block create the composition; these fruits are not casual windfalls. Artists have depicted still life since Roman times, as a celebration, as a reminder of the good life that comes with commerce, and as a memento mori…”
This bronze has been successfully exhibited for the last ten years and much of that time at Spitalfields.
You can read more about this sculpture's extraordinary journey here