Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Our carrettu Sicilianu, bearing citrus fruit for the grid world

Ciao a tutti! Having a good event?

Probably everyone seen the ornately painted, blood orange and mandarin-bearing cart by the coffee break area. If you, like me, are a big fan of folk art (and fruit!) you might be interested to know about this traditional carrettu Sicilianu (Sicilain cart). Donkey or horse-drawn carts were introduced to the island by the Greeks, prior to bearing citrus fruit for members of the European grid community, they carried wine, food and people around the island.

The bright, intricate paintings often illustrate scenes from Silician history and folklore. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out! (For more information see the Best of Sicily or visit the Sicilian Cart Museum behind the apse of Palermo Cathedral. Shops in town also sell mini-souvenir versions so you can take one home.)