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Modern Architecture in Trinidad & Tobago - Informed by local architectural

Traditions, or not?

by Jackie Hinkson
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Residence in Port of Spain, Trinidad
Photo courtesy: Vernelle A.A. Noel

Given the early profound impression, the house and the community I grew up in left on me, and given my extensive childhood exposure to rural and hermes replica plantation landscape and architecture, it is not surprising that architecture figures very prominently in my work.

In my earliest work both the interior and exterior of my house figured repeatedly as did the buildings in my neighbourhood. Later on as I further experienced the rural districts and grew familiar with the work of Paul Cezanne who almost geometrically and cubistically structured his paintings. I too more fully appreciated the geometry of roofs; galvanize sheeting, fences, doorways, window openings, and shadows. I explored these shapes and the relationships between them to create my compositions. Subsequently, for some two decades I devoted myself mainly to the capturing of our traditional architecture, working and exhibiting not only in Trinidad, but also in Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Dominica, Antigua and to a lesser degree in the Grenadines, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Martinique.

During this time, I grew to understand better how architecture can reflect the status, classes and ambitions of people and the general psyche of a country. All of this of course I grasped at a general emotional level and without the more incisive knowledge of a trained architect. I also began replica discount handbags to see the potential of architectural imagery to become powerful symbols in my artistic expression. I saw it was very useful in making, social observations or alluding to notions of change, evolution, decay, and celebration.

 
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Government Building in Port of Spain, Trinidad
Photo courtesy: Vernelle A.A. Noel
In my outdoor watercolours, even when the emphasis is on the topography, somewhere in there structures figure. My depictions of the vernacular ranges from the most humble of shacks - both urban and rural - to the grandest private, and commercial buildings. In my later larger works and murals, where the human figure is the focus, architecture remains a constant backdrop playing a vital symbolic role.

Given my constant exposure to, and close examination of architecture, it was inevitable that I would begin to make general observations and form opinions, on the quality of what I saw, however amateurish. Two very admirable qualities struck me about the architecture of Trinidad and the Caribbean (up until recent times) - keeping in mind my limited experience. Firstly, most of it seemed to be in louis vuitton replica harmony with the surrounding physical environment and sensitive to climatic conditions. I am thinking of gables, eaves, windows, elevation off the ground, the use of surrounding space and vegetation, just to mention a few. Secondly, the buildings in a given area, street, community, estate and so on, always seemed to be aesthetically cohesive. Visually, they interrelated well. In Trinidad and Tobago, this was true of the community I grew up in. The main commercial street in Port-of-Spain, Frederick St., the stately buildings around the Queen's Park Savannah, Scarborough - the main town of Tobago, the coconut estates of coastal Trinidad, the cluster of municipal buildings in rural towns and so forth.
 
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Residence in Port of Spain, Trinidad
Photo courtesy: Vernelle A.A. Noel

I am sure there are problems that architects and builders now face that are demanding and new, for example, security. I am equally certain that technology and practicality demands replica handbags uk that certain new materials and techniques be employed. However, it is depressing to me that Scarborough, through which it was always a pleasure to walk or drive, must now be completely avoided by me; that the new Academy for the Performing Arts in Port-of-Spain - and this has nothing to do with its design or objectives - seems not only totally out of proportion with everything around it but also to be devouring the surrounding architecture and landscape, and from many angles completely blocks the prada replica view of the Northern Range; that Frederick St. is now simply ugly; that the Queen's Park Oval cricket ground has been modernized into a sterility that never took into account the need for, and tradition of popular human interaction. These are just a few examples, all hermes replica of which reflect a growing insensitivity and a lack of vision.

I am sure, that as I continue to explore the symbolic potential of my country's architecture, these changes will be reflected in my work.

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