For the past two years, I have encouraged the children at the orphanage to try and make animals out of the banana leaves. This past December a few of them gave it their best shot by making armatures around which they then planned to wrap the fibers.
When I saw how intricate and gorgeous these sculptures were, I realized immediately that they were perfect as is. Willy did try to cover one that he made, and it obscured the beautiful and delicate gestural qualities of the piece. So the decision was made to leave them just the way they were.
This body of work will make a very special addition to the auction at our June 29th event! Congratulations to the young artists who made them. Incredible, aren't they?