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You may have noticed the large planter pots that have been recently placed around Hamilton and wondered one thing — who is the artist behind this?

The Royal Gazette tracked down Carlos Brum to tell us more about his beautiful mosaic-designed planters that have been adding a touch of culture to our City.

Even with a total of eight pots visible around Hamilton, the 56-year-old shows no sign of stopping.

Mr Brum is one of a two-man maintenance and development unit which is responsible for the infrastructure, upkeep and development in our city parks. The idea for making the planters came from his boss, parks superintendent Steven DeSilva.

“This is my first time really making planters like this,” said Mr Brum.

“I like to make a lot of things by hand — like crafts. I have made eight planters in total — if my boss wants, I suppose I can make many more.

“The boss is in charge, anything he wants. If he wants me to make 100, I'll make 100,” he laughed.

The duo attempts to incorporate as many cultural paradigms as they can with planters featuring coconut palm trees, the Bermuda Gombey and various marine creatures.

They even give them special names in Portuguese to remember them by.

Mr Brum is currently working on one that symbolises the marriage of Portugal and Bermuda, featuring the hibiscus and hydrangea, both of the country's national flowers. This stems from his Portuguese heritage.

Mr DeSilva said: “I am very happy about this. Carlos keeps saying ‘boss it's your idea' but he's the guy who actually does it.

“To have somebody take your idea and actually do it, that's great. So I'm finally happy to introduce the man that everyone has been talking about.”

Before starting the project, the parks team went to tile suppliers around the outskirts of the City and asked them for their offcuts; Bermuda Brickyard and Eurotile supplied items needed to make the pots.

“The idea came from us having sections of big pieces of concrete pipe, the colvert, which is the storm drain run-off that goes under Bulls Head car park,” added Mr DeSilva.

“A lot of it is made and hasn't ever been used so we cut the spare pieces and we put them aside. Carlos puts a base in them, some legs on them and then works his magic with the design.”

Three finished planters are currently waiting at the Corporation's plant nursery and will be placed in their new homes around Hamilton soon.

COH Mosaic Artist Carlos Brum works on a new planter. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
New planter, created by COH Mosaic Artist Carlos Brum. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Handy work: New planters created by mosaic artist Carlos Brum, which are now brightening up Hamilton
New planter, created by COH Mosaic Artist Carlos Brum. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published August 26, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated August 26, 2015 at 1:25 am)

Brum’s mosaics brighten up Hamilton

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