By Terence Hilton Clarke
Photo: Ilka Hilton-Clarke


Morris' Copper Art for Miss World Auction

A sailor masquerader gets separated from his section during the Parade of the Bands and eventually finds himself amidst another band.

That band is filled to the brim with beautiful women – but there is that one female mas´ player who catches his eye. Enticed and drawn to her, the sailor boy eventually engages in a dance with his new found companion.

It is a scenario that has been captured in charismatic fashion by metal sculptor Glendon Morris in a copper repoussé creation he calls The Spirit of Trinidad.The art work, framed in home-grown teak, was handed over recently to Miss World Trinidad and Tobago, Tya Jané Ramey, at Morris’ Belmont studio.

Ramey, who will be representing this country at the 2019 Miss World competition in London on December 14, will carry the repoussé to England where it will be auctioned off at an event in support of Beauty with a Purpose, a humanitarian programme that has been established as part of the Miss World contest since 2001. Formerly known as the Miss World Scholarship, it allows the participants to be involved in a local charitable cause and has raised hundreds of millions of pounds in the 47 years since the original founding of the Beauty with a Purpose organisation. An award is eventually given to the contestant with the most relevant and important charity drive in her home nation.

Ramey’s contribution has come in the form of Project Esperanza – a helping hand to Venezuelan migrant children in Trinidad and Tobago. With the assistance of the La Romaine Migrant Support Group, participants have been welcomed to this country through a process of breaking down barriers, especially from a cultural angle. The children were exposed to local music and art and there was even a steel band camp facilitated by San Fernando’s Golden Hands Pan Orchestra.

For Glendon Morris, a son of iconic sculptor Ken Morris, and now the foremost copper repoussé artist in Trinidad and Tobago,  the 2019 Miss World event does offer the opportunity to add another layer of sheen to his own career, which started at the age of ten, when he assisted his father with creating carnival costumes and started to learn sculpting. By the time he was 20, he was part of a team that also featured his father, artist Carlisle Chang and mas’ designer Wayne Berkeley at the 1967 International and Universal Exposition in Montreal (Expo 67).

Trained in tool and die sinking and sculpture of metal mounds for reproduction at Compo Industries in Canada, Glendon Morris has managed to add his industrial skills to artistic creation. His metal sculptures and murals have been on display publicly – including at Piarco International Airport and University of the West Indies, St. Augustine – and are to be found in private collections.



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