Visitors to last Sunday’s ‘Planting Parang in Petit Careme’ at the Green Garden in Santa Cruz chanced upon life on old cocoa plantations thanks to craftsman Hubert Fullerton. The veteran sculptor gladly entertained questions about the objects on display in his booth.
He has been creating wooden sculptures of tools and scenes from cocoa estate life since the mid-eighties.
Fullerton explained: “I live this. Part of my life was in Fyzabad. Part was in Maracas, St Joseph and I finally went back home to Arima. I lived my life with the old people and I had this experience with them. Now I just put out what I have experienced in life in handicraft. I love and live off of it. This is our heritage. But this is only part of it.”
Whilst Fullerton expected numerous questions from children who were curious about the pieces, he found himself busy with the number of adults who had no idea that these structures and this way of life actually existed.
“Most of the people I have to tell them what this is,” he smiled.
If you missed his mini exhibit at the weekend event, here are some photos of the carvings and sculptures which were on display.