Soucouyant of Concrete

Detail of the Samuel Waldron’s Soucouyant – Folklore Trinidad and Tobago
I did one of the soucouyant in flight too, but someone came and bought that one and took it away.”

This sculptor is one of the unsung heroes represented in Trinidad and Tobago. Samuel Waldron has been working with concrete since a child and knows the medium intimately. From his home in Point Fortin, South Trinidad, his process of creating these heavy concrete figures of nobles, and other subjects highlighting Trinidad and Tobago are setup in his yard. There is a striptease dancer and dogs mating, African drummers, stick fighters and images representing the Hindu culture in what he calls a his personal Museum.

Alexandra Daisy Voisin Parang Queen of Trinidad and Tobago cast in concrete

The wire armatures are “bathes” in water, then a thin solution of concrete is added. Mr. Waldron works at the mold with handmade tools. And as the mixture of concrete begins to congeal, he feels for the details even though his eye sight is failing, yet reading and building every feature and gesture.

Mama Dglo” derived from French “maman de l’ eau” which means “mother of the water” is lesser known in Trinidad and Tobago. Folklore – Ink on paper by Stuart Hahn

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