Artist Carlos Brutus has personally signed this piece of round metallic wall art, composed of recycled oil drums, and featuring a flock of nesting birds. 'Tree of Life' represents the spirituality of the Haitian culture and adds character to your wall....more
The intricate Tree of Life wall hanging will make a fashionable addition to your home decor. Crafted of recycled oil drums, this decorative accessory is representative of the spirituality of the Haitian culture.
Wall piece is personally signed by the artist, Carlos Brutus
Decorative accessory is made from recycled oil drums
Made in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti
Measures 24 inches in diameter
NOTE: Metal is not a shiny chrome, but more of a coffee color
Story Behind the Art: Founded in 1990 by a multinational group of young entrepreneurs, Caribbean Craft (formerly known as Drexco) promotes employment in Haiti by training unskilled, but often highly gifted, craftspeople and by assisting the independent artisans through the introduction of new designs and new market outlets. Unemployment in Haiti, the poorest country of the American hemisphere, is variously estimated at between 60 and 80-percent.
The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.
I ordered this item as a wedding present as it certainly ticked all the boxes in terms of being Fairtrade, recycled, ethnic and spiritual, which is what the couple asked for, I ordered it two weeks before the wedding, hoping it would arrive in time. In fact it took one week to "process" at Overstock.com before even being prepared for shipping, which wasted time and it ended up not arriving in time to give the gift at the wedding. When it arrived, I was really glad I'd had it delivered to my home and not directly to the couple, as it came with just a cardboard backing sheet, covered with a bit of torn plastic and unceremoniously shoved into an outer carton with no protective packaging. So it then flew half way around the world and it's no surprise that it arrived with a little damage (bent leaf). Luckily, this was easily bent back into shape.
I would certainly love to buy this item for myself as it's beautiful, but I would be wary of ordering anything fragile from Overstock.com in the future unless they buck up their ideas on the packaging front. I'd also never order anything from them in a hurry as their processing seems to take an excessive amount of time.
Did the color match the color displayed onsite? Yes
How is the quality of the product? Well crafted, good quality product, suitable for giving as a gift
Did the product fit true to size? Yes and suitable as a bold statement piece in a small room
Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
from Portsmouth, United Kingdom,
Jun 22, 2011
I love, love, love, this tree of life. It is everything I wanted and more. I cannot wait to display it. I also love the fact that it isn't heavy, making it easier to hang. Sometimes you find these metal pieces and they are thin and cheap looking; I assure you this one isn't. I am also impressed with the fact that this has been created by hand. I love unique things. I like the fact that someone might walk into my home and be looking at this creation for the first time. I must admit though, it does have a little odor ...but considering the fact that it was made from an oil drum, II am not surprised. I have instructions for making that odor disappear. If anybody is on the fence about ordering this, hop off the fence now. You won't be disappointed. I am going to do some research and try to buy another piece from this collection : )
I love the idea of both using reclaimed materials and of supporting Haitian artists but this just didn't do it for me. The piece is the size stated and the workmanship (metal cutting) is nicely enough done but what is not mentioned is that this piece is clear-coated with a very high-gloss finish that gives it a plastic-y look. It does not look like shiney metal. It looks like glossy clear plastic over metal. This is reclaimed metal and would have looked so much better with a matte or satin finish, if any. I was really disappointed but instead of returning it, I gave it as a gift to a friend (with different art & decorating tastes) and she loves it.
I am so happy to have bought this piece. it is a real conversation piece! I have been diagnosed with ALS and am losing my life bit by bit. I bought this piece to remind me that I am still alive and have the ability to enjoy a wonder piece of art like this.
Did the color match the color displayed onsite? exact
Please tell us about the quality of the product. wonderful craftsmenship.
CAUTION when opening...Just got this in the mail and none of the pointy edges have been filed down, they feel like little knives......This would not be allowed to be sold an America store without fear of a lawsuit. OK with that said...it's OK. I do like the pattern and the meaning for me...it is way over priced..But I am handy with my tools and a paint brush...so I will keep it....As for recommending it...I would but not without a strong warning first.
Is there an insert that explains the background of the piece to the recipient (where and how the piece is made, etc)?kimberlymav on Jul 16, 2014Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Hello kimberlymav, information on the Metal 'Tree of Life' Oil Drum Art (Haiti), can be found on the web-site on the artisan story. Please feel free to contact us again with any further questions. Thank you for shopping with us!overstockcustomercare1 on Jul 17, 2014
There is a little postcard size insert that gives the background of the piece. The information is general. For example, it identifies a group of artists instead of a specific artist.keyashaj on Jul 24, 2014
There is not a "reccommended" method. Whatever works best for your walls would be appropriate. I would suggest using screw sleeves so that your holes do not get stripped our.overstockcustomercare1 on Jan 3, 2013
I am using a picture hook. Can't see it and it has held for the past 5 years.diannz on May 15, 2013
Hi, approx. how much does this piece weigh? I am trying to figure out if I can hang it on a marble backsplash in the kitchen by only using strong velcro strips. Thank you.mops1234 on Oct 1, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
We only have the shipping weight, which should be pretty close to the actual weight. The shipping weight is 18 lbs.overstockcustomercare1 on Oct 2, 2012
This piece is light and looks amazing on the wall. I have it near my kitchen with stainless appliances. I always get compliments. I think it would make a great gift.diannz on May 15, 2013
Shipping to China How long does it take? on Jul 25, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
Unfortunately, this item is not rust resistant. It was created from an oil drum. overstockcustomercare1 on Jul 11, 2012
Can this sculpture be hung on the outside of a house or is it only for indoor use? I live in Florida and I'm looking for a sculpture that can be left outside. Thanks!jonies on Mar 14, 2012Please enter a valid question.Answer This Question
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