9" x 17"
Fair trade is vital to the village of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, where the air rings with the sound of metal banging against metal. Workshops line the streets of the village and outside each are stacks of discarded 55-gallon drums awaiting transformation. To begin the process, the tops of the barrels are removed and the open barrel is stuffed with straw and dried banana leaves and then set ablaze. This burns out the residue and old paint and strengthens the metal. After the barrels have cooled, they are slit down the side, pried open, pounded flat and sanded down, giving the artist a smooth flat surface, much like a painter's canvas. The artist chalks his design onto the metal and then, using a hammer and chisel, begins the work of cutting the sculpture and giving it form, detail and dimension. When he is satisfied with his results, he pounds his signature onto the sculpture and seals it with a protective, weather-proof finish. a hammer and chisel.
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Apr 16, 2016
A unique piece of art! I couldn't be any happier with the three I purchased for my husband's birthday. He's the family gardener, and I know he'll love hanging them outside in his favorite spot. They came sealed with lacquer and will hold up well outside no matter the weather. The artisans in Haiti who create these sculptures benefit from all sales, so it's a win-win. Thank you Casey for making these treasures available on Etsy!
Apr 14, 2016
This fresh design brings birdlife & plant life into my home. Artful and so reasonable in price. Such a good way to support Haitian culture as well as individual artists. Thanks for bringing these creations within reach.
Feb 29, 2016
I love this products! They are fantastic
Nov 17, 2015
Such an interesting, special piece. We look forward to displaying it on our garden wall when we move and telling everyone about where it comes from and how it was made. Thank you!
Nov 17, 2015
I hung this by my front door on our cabin in the woods...it's so awesome! I need one for the other side door...can't wait til I get paid to buy more. Love Haitian metal artwork!