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The versatile coconut shell

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2012
Coconut art on display at the reopening of the Kitson Town Market on Sunday, December 9. - Photo by Rasbert Turner
Coconut art on display at the reopening of the Kitson Town Market on Sunday, December 9. - Photo by Rasbert Turner
Coconut art on display at the reopening of the Kitson Town Market on Sunday, December 9. - Photo by Rasbert Turner
Coconut art on display at the reopening of the Kitson Town Market on Sunday, December 9. - Photo by Rasbert Turner
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Rasbert Turner, Arts & Education Writer

Kitson Town-based artist, Tyrone Napier, says he is an artistic explorer and his latest venture involves the use of coconut to make various artefacts.

"I realise that the use of coconut could make the lives of many very happy, then I set about thinking how best I could utilise this flexible item into art, and the result is this," Napier told Arts & Education.

The exhibit shows Napier's true potential in his work with the versatile coconut. Napier said that he is from an artistic family which has its roots in the visual as well as the performing arts.

In addition to the coconut project, he also does paintings and sculpting; some of which were on display.

Silled artist

There were coconut shell soap dishes, lamps, trinket boxes, table mats, candle holders, coconut brush flower pots, and even the stem of the coconut was used as a flower stem.

Many persons marvelled at the skill of the artist in making use of the product that could have been thrown away.

Member of Parliament Dr Kenneth Baugh, who said the exposure of the coconut shell is a testament to how persons can use things around them to earn an income.

Napier was one of the persons to showcase their talents at the reopening of the Kitson Town Market in St Catherine.