Bois Canot – A Gift To The World

Bois Canot made of solid bronze by sculptor Dunieski Lora Pileta. Video by Eye of Genie (@eyeofgenie / All rights reserved.

Miss World Trinidad and Tobago proudly presents this enchanting sculpture entitled “Bois Canot”, created and generously donated by renowned artist Dunieski Lora Pileta. Standing at 27.5 inches, and crafted from solid bronze, “Bois Canot” loosely translates to “Tree Man” and draws inspiration from the driftwood found along the shores of Tobago, and the rich local folklore handed down from one generation to the next.

Dunieski is a prominent sculptor who calls both Santiago de Cuba, and Tobago his homes. He has always been motivated to do art; from the age of eight he began carving with clay, and using bricks and stones to create art, and by high school he had become completely dedicated to his passion. His influences include Leoni Sokov, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Remedios Varo, and Agustin Bejarano, among others.

"My work is divided into two different types of productions: one decorative and the other conceptual, rooted in the Arte Povera movement. The last is one is probably the one that defines and show what is 'being Cuban' for me."

Forged from the scarcity of art materials in cuba, Dunieski uses any type of material to create his sculptures: from bronze to wood. While his themes tend to be insular, popular, and religious, Dunieski does not limit himself to any particular style, with his works ranging from the abstract to hyper realism.

“Bois Canot” serves as Miss World Trinidad and Tobago 2018 – Ysabel Bisnath’s National Gift to Miss World’s Beauty with a Purporse arm. Started in 1972 by Miss World Chairwoman Julia Morely, Beauty with a Purpose traverses the globe supporting worthy charitable projects with reigning Miss World. Miss World will host a Beauty with a Purpose charity event on November 21st in Sanya, China where “Bois Canot” will be auctioned. The funds raised will aid the underprivileged around the world as is the mission of Beauty with a Purpose.

With great gratitude, and humility, Miss World Trinidad and Tobago thanks Dunieski Lora Pileta for this gift born out of love, crafted out of kindness, and given for the support of Trinidad and Tobago and the World.

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