Bryan’s St. Martin “Unity”
The above digital art by Loic
Bryan is entitled “Unity” (2006) and was featured
in Fête – Celebrating St. Martin’s Traditional
Festive Music (2008). The content and media of the artwork
is a modern representation of the historic striving for a
unity in St. Martin* that overcomes the French/Dutch colonial
division between the North and South of the island. The Unity
Flag (wrapped around standing figure), is also known as the
cultural flag or “National Flag” of St. Martin.
(The other two figures in the artwork are wrapped respectively
in the French flag (L) and the flag to date of the “Territory
of St. Maarten.”) The unity banner represents the people,
land, and culture of the whole island, North and South. (see
the book National Symbols of St. Martin) Loic Bryan
is a multimedia artist who has been steadily building his
portfolio of illustrations, photographs, digital art, and
graphic design. The St. Martin artist belongs to a new generation
of artists who design publications and whose works appear
regularly on book and magazine covers and in exhibitions.
* “St. Martin” is the traditional
spelling for the entire island.
© 2011 House of Nehesi Publishers.
Martin sculptor Theodore Bonev
“Lady Liberty” at the Agrement roundabout, St.
MARIGOT/GREAT BAY—The “Lady
Liberty” statue at the Agrément roundabout is
probably the best-known public sculpture by Theodore Bonev
in St. Martin.
“The stunning beauty and elegance
of Lady Liberty” was unveiled in 2007 to mark the 159th
anniversary of the 1848 Emancipation from slavery. www.thedailyherald.com/news/daily/k015/statu015.html
Sculptor Benev’s work can be found
at other locations, at the West Indies Mall in Marigot and
St. Martin sculptor has also exhibited abroad. His “Caribbean
Woman,” another elegant statue with sensuous curves,
is on permanent display at the Changchun World Sculpture Park
Bonev was awarded the bronze medal for the statue, which was
sculpted in China as a feature of the 9th annual China Changchun
International Sculpture Symposium (CCISS) in 2008. Over 40
countries participated in the CCISS.
“The piece I created for the CCISS was a representative
of the Caribbean woman with all her beauty and style,”
said Bonev in an interview in October 2008, with Shujah Reiph,
producer of the Conscious Lyrics radio magazine.