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Creating Art From Haiti's Rubble

Since the January earthquake, and in general, we've seen and heard a lot from Haiti and, unfortunately, many of those stories have been negative. Granted — Haiti's position is still pretty grim. But if there's one thing that characterizes Haitians, according to NPR photographer David Gilkey, it's their resilience.

Sculptor Andre Eugene, for example, has not only continued to create art post-earthquake but actually has been newly inspired. "Look at my art and look at Haitians," he told Gilkey in May. "Look at my art and look at resistance, look at resilience." He creates recycled art from scraps found around town; it goes without saying that he now has more material than ever.

Despite the tragic tide of events, he now has more inspiration. What motivates him? His fellow Haitians — especially children who are eager to learn his craft, who might otherwise be engaged in violence on the streets. For Eugene and his proteges, art provides a way (literally) to be constructive amid rubble — a way to interpret profound loss, and find meaning in the day to day.

"Before the earthquake I was doing it," Eugene said, "and now I've got more courage to make more work because there's nothing else for me to do but this. This is me."

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