Untitled figure with pleated skirt
Derek Webster (1934- ) was born in the Republic of Honduras and moved to the United States from Belize in 1964. He eventually settled in Chicago and bought a house there. In order to distinguish his house from the other houses in the neighborhood, he built a fence of contorted figures constructed of wood and found objects. His job as a night janitor at a hospital provided a source of bright objects such as bottles and the driftwood he needed came from the shores of Lake Michigan where Webster loves to fish. From embellishing his fence, he evolved into making individual dancing figures often inspired by his memory of Carnival in Belize.