Title: Hikarana pole unveiled as part of CARIFESTA X public art project
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Title: Hikarana pole unveiled as part of CARIFESTA X public art project
Physical Description: Newspaper clipping
Language: English
Creator: Nauth, Priya
Publisher: Guyana Chronicle, Friday, 13 June 2008, pages 1 & 10
Publication Date: 2008
Subject: Caribbean
Works of Art
Taylor, Telford
Simon, George
Public Art Project
Abstract: Article describes the origin of the Hikarana Pole, sculpted by indigenous artist Telford Taylor, unveiled by the Prime Minister of Guyana Samuel Hinds on the lawns of the Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology. Also describes other works of art produced or planned as part of the Public Art Project to beautify and to create an art trail for persons visiting the city of Georgetown during CARIFESTA X 2008.
Funding: Digitized with funding from the Digital Library of the Caribbean grant awarded by TICFIA.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00100662
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
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Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA X 2008

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Guvana Chronicle

10 GUYANA CHRONICLE Friday, June 13,2008

Hikarana Pole unveiled as part

CARIFESTA Public Art Project

By Priya Nauth

ANOTHER art piece, as part
of the Tenth Caribbean Fes-
tival of Arts (CARIFESTA X
Visual Arts Committee Pub-
lic Art Project was unveiled
A Totem (an Amerindian
word which means symbolise or
decorate) Pole created and
named by Arawak artist Telford
Taylor, the 'Hikarana Pole A
Message of Joy' was unveiled

yesterday on the lawns of the
Walter Roth Museum of An-
thropology at Main Street,
The interesting carving got
its Arawak name from the spe-
cies Streptoceryle torquata a
type of kingfisher and the top
of the pole displays the small
green King Fisher bird which is
known to the Arawak as the
Shiri which is often seen by
people when they go fishing
and according to the Amerindian

myth the sound of the Shiri is a
signal of approaching joy or
The carving is made of the
wood of the Fukadi tree
(terminalia and buchenavia)
somewhat like the greenheart
Taylor, who hails from St.
Cuthbert's Mission on the
Mahaica River, Region 4
(Demerara/Mahaica) is
specialised in wood carving for
24 years.

"It is in the spirit of
CARIFESTA where artists,
writers, musicians and danc-
ers assemble to celebrate
their work that I offer this
sculpture," Taylor attested.
He said the piece of art is
called 'Hikarana' after the small
King Fisher bird which the
Arawak associate with good
"To hear the laughter of the
bird is good omen and a wish for
happiness and prosperity. May
Hikarana blow its good luck
charm on us with its laughter so
that our many faces beam with
smile, amazement and laughter,"
he noted.
Minister of Culture, Youth
and Sports, Dr Frank Anthony,
in brief remarks recalled that the
first public art work, a mural
was unveiled at the Umana
Yana, Kingston, also in
He said that the Public Art
Project will beautify the city
and creating an art trail for per-
sons visiting the city and see
various pieces of arts around

"We thought by having
public art that these pieces can
serve as inspiration to people as
they go about there daily lives,"
the minister added.
Dr Anthony said that this
idea also came about with a
number of artists wanting to be
a part of CARIFESTA X and
the Secretariat decided to get
people involved before the
He said later in the
month, an art work will be
created by children on the
Kitty Seawall from Sheriff
Street to Conversation Street
and will be sponsored by the
United Nation Children's
Fund (UNICEF).
"We think that getting chil-
dren involved is another way
that we can reach out to another
constituent in our population
who should be interested in art
but who I consider to be very
creative," he alluded.
Dr Anthony said that a
number of public art pieces will
be unveiled and a piece will be
done on mining in Guyana and
another on the history of agri-

culture specifically on rice in
"As CARIFESTA comes to
Guyana, we thought that after
36 years returning to Guyana
that there should be certain in-
novations in how we do
CARIFESTA...we thought this
would be quite a nice innovation
to CARIFESTA and the future
of CARIFESTA," he noted.
"We are very pleased that
so many artists have responded
and we are sure that from here
on that this type of project in
future CARIFESTA will be
there as a prominent feature of
CARIFESTA...the legacy of
public art will be there so that
people can enjoy" Dr Anthony
He posited that visual arts
will play an important role in
CARIFESTA with a number of
countries slated to display their
visual arts.
The walk-way surround-
ing the sculpture was de-
signed by renowned
Guyanese artist, Mr. George
Simon with Amerindian sym-

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