This metal sculpture is meant for display indoors or out, but if you choose to display yours outside, be aware that the protective, weather-proof coating will wear off over time. To keep your sculpture looking just like it did the day you bought it, take five minutes once a year to apply a spray-on clear enamel coating.
A few nails and a hammer are all you'll need to hang your sculpture. Look for a place where the design is joined or notched and put the first nail there. Use a second and possibly a third nail, if the piece is large, in other joined or notched design elements within the sculpture to straighten and secure it to the wall. The nails will "disappear" with the piece. Simple as that.
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We offer a hand up, not a hand out to our artist partners in Haiti. Each sale of their metal sculptures represents a positive step toward a better life.
The center of Haitian metal sculpture is the village of Croix-des-Bouquets, where the clanging sound of hammers striking chisels is a constant music. To begin, the artist chalks his design onto the metal. Chisels, dies and a large hammer are used to cut and shape the piece, giving it form and texture. When the highly intricate and physically demanding work is complete and the artist is satisfied with his work, he signs his name boldly with a small chisel and applies a clear, weather-proof coating. The result is a wonderful, fair trade piece of handcrafted art.
Artist Profile- Daniel Duval
Daniel Duval likes to depict the simple life of rural Haiti in his works. It gives him delighted satisfaction to cut the design of a farmer pushing his cart full of chickens with his lips pursed into a whistle. In another recent piece, a small boy rides on the back of his father’s bicycle, coming home from market with a fat, delicious pineapple in his small arms. Clearly, his countrymen are his inspiration.
When asked what he likes most about his work, Daniel responds, “When I have a design in my head and I can cut it into the metal, that’s what I enjoy. I like to imagine people at an exhibition, seeing my pieces on display. My biggest dream is to go to the United States and exhibit my sculptures there.”
It is critical for his work to get exposure beyond the environs of Croix- des-Bouquet and to sell it on the global market. According to Daniel, there had previously been tourists who would come and buy, but they have been non-existent since the 2010 earthquake. He laments, “My family survived the earthquake okay, but now we suffer because no one comes to Haiti. The tourists left and they did not come back. Things have not improved very much since then. Life is quite hard.”
At least it is not without its pleasures. He talks animatedly about his work and his hopes for the future. His biggest smiles, though, are reserved for his three children. “I don’t just want to live to work. I like to have fun with my children on the weekends. We go to the beach. That is always a good time.”
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