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I bought this handmade piece of steel drum art to complement a larger round 24" piece (Tree of Life with Buds) in a different part of the same room. Although small in size, it's really lovely and catches the eye immediately. It's also the perfect counterpart to the large round Tree of Life. Nice patina and handwork on this one. Thanks to the Haitian artist who made it. I'm proud to display it in my home....
ITEM#: 13586094Hand-cut and worked with textural patterns, this wall piece is made from recycled oil drums in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti. Perfect for indoor or outdoor use, this wall art features a Tree of Life design with three east-facing birds.
- Colors: Brass
- Design: Tree of Life, three east birds
- Materials: Recycled steel drum
- Dimensions: 8 inches wide x 8 inches long
Story Behind the Art:
Carlo Brutus and Eugene Jacques are two of the many artisans in Croix des Bouquets, an area of Port-Au-Prince Haiti known for artisans who make oil drum art. The constant hammering from the sheds in the area leads to beautiful metalwork with each shop offering new designs. Eugene's shed is tucked behind several others and yields unique three-dimensional masks with cogs and bicycle chains for earrings. Each piece is a work of art and signed with 'Eugene'. Carlo has what seems like hundreds of different designs of the ubiquitous round steel drum artwork hanging from every inch of wall space in his tiny warehouse. The Diaspora of Haitians has spread the designs and skills of Oil Drum art throughout the Caribbean but the art is truly Haitian. Old oil drums are no longer readily available and are imported into Haiti by container and sold to the artisans. Even though cheaper more readily available steel sheets could be used artisans rely on the used drums for the patina in their art.
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.
|Season or Holiday||Spring, Summer|
|Product Features||Eco-Friendly, Handmade|
|Country of Origin||Haiti|
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