Where beauty lies

The devil’s pack – Even the dead need burglar proofing


Newspapers used to block in the sunlight, a comic strip to the right of the window frame.

Like many mausoleums in Laperose cemetery, vagrants have vandalized any crypt they can break into. What they leave behind is turmoil by the families who are helpless to restore these mausoleums to the state they once were. The burglar proofing seems not to work for the devil’s idle hand, Trinidad, West Indies.


An ornate fortified mausoleum with arched burglar proofing and protected by a decorative wrought iron fence, Laperose, Trinidad

But one inhabitant has decided to make this mausoleum his home, unfurnished. It looks like a work of Art by default with stacks of spherical crumbled newsprint placed neatly against the forward buttress, and cobalt interior adds charm to the place aesthetically. As contemporary art continues to focus on the mundane and of death, here is opportunity to see a work in progress, once you have courage to enter the gates of Laperose.

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Terms and meanings

Devil’s idle hand – To be preoccupied with a activity which is destructive by any means

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