U carrettu beddu
Description by the artist
U carrettu beddu (the nice cart) is realized in majolica and poplar wood handcrafted walnut. A means of transport that becomes a work of art that tells stories and loves, where the religious image becomes the means of good omen for the harvest of wheat , or that of epic tales becomes the means of strength and courage.
The artwork in the Sicilian culture
U carrettu siciliano was the means of transport par excellence in the past centuries of the Sicilian people: both rich and poor. Basically it is a sort of wooden wheelbarrow pulled by horses. The peculiarity of the Sicilian cart was given by the sides of this structure, the sides, in which was almost always represented a scene of the Opera of the Puppets, representation of Sicilian puppets extremely popular since the seventeenth century (the cart itself was born around that time). Also, the cart was often very colorful in all its spaces, whether it was wheels, lateral woods, rods, etc.. Even the horse that pulled it, usually festive, was harnessed with bright colors. Needless to say, its more or less artistic opulence marked its social status.
(photo) Sicilians in the carrettu, early 1900