“Cyparis” s a seemingly classical monumental form. However, the massive bust of a black male was cast in an unusual material: volcanic sand collected on a beach in St. Pierre, Martinique. The work is devoted to Louis-Auguste Cyparis (or Ludger Sylbaris) known as Samson, one of the two survivors of the volcanic eruption of Mt. Pelée on 8th of May 1902 (three days prior to the local elections in the French colony), which ravaged the city of St. Pierre leaving over twenty thousand casualties. Cyparis became an accidental hero. He survived merely because he had been detained in a tiny cell of the local jail from few days before the disaster. Soon after he gained popularity as a member of the traveling troupe Barnum & Bailey Circus appearing as the “Lone Survivor of St. Pierre.” During his residence in Martinique in 2009 Rafal Bujnowski decided to re-examine the figure of Cyparis. The project will culminate with the official unveiling of the sculpture (cast in cooperation with Julian Tomaszuk on the basis of existing photographs) in the city of St. Pierre. A model anti-hero, a man from the margin who wins fame parenthetically, a tale of the unpredictability of fate in the face of the projected social and historical order. Bujnowski’s monument complements this tale, paying a modest homage and bestowing the power of representation to that which eludes systems of political planning.