- Hand-crafted from cast-off 55 gallon steel drums, artists in Haiti follow four generations of tradition in metal sculpture.
- The artist first visualizes his design, often taking inspiration from his culture and natural surroundings.
- Next, he chalks his design onto the flattened metal and then, using only a hammer and chisel, gives the sculpture form and dimension.
- The result is a unique piece of folk art, perfect for home or garden use. Outdoor Wall Decor.
- These sculptures are great indoor or out~ For outdoor use the varnish will wear away over time and the sculpture will begin to rust naturally or you can maintain the original look by spraying it with a clear enamel every couple of years~
Framed Tree of Life by Simon Gerald The “Tree of Life” is a particularly poignant symbol in Haiti. Trees are a precious, though rapidly disappearing resource, where less than 1.5% of natural growth remains, due to deforestation. The culprits: poor land management practices and grinding poverty. Between land being cleared for subsistence farming – which constitutes two-thirds of Haitian labor activity – and wood being harvested to provide 70% of the nation’s fuel, the tropical forests of Haiti are virtually gone. The upshot is topsoil erosion amounting to 36 million tons annually, accelerated land degradation, silting lakes and waterways, increased greenhouse gases, and deaths numbering in the thousands due to mudslides when heavy weather strikes. It’s Cactus Metal Art Haiti