The Tree of Life as a visual metaphor for relationships and the interconnectedness of all living things. One 19th century theorist described it poetically, writing, "As buds give rise by growth to fresh buds, and these, if vigorous branch out and overtop many a feebler branch, so by generation I believe it has been with the Great Tree of Life, which fills with its dead and broken branches the crust of the Earth and covers the surface with its ever-branching and beautiful ramifications." Each unique fair trade metal sculpture is hand- cut from recycled 55- gallon steel drums. To begin the process, both ends of the drum are removed and placed inside of the remaining cylinder, along with scrap paper and dried banana or sugar cane leaves. Next, the contents are set ablaze to burn off any paint or residue and strengthen the metal. When cooled, the drums are sliced down the side and flattened, effectively creating a "steel canvas" of approximately 3' x 6', upon which the design is drawn. Using a hammer, chisel and various other primitive tools, the desired image is cut out and decorative patterns are pounded into the metal. Finally, a weather-proof finish coating is applied, making these fascinating pieces of folk art perfect for displaying indoors or out.
Le Primitif Galleries began working with artists in Haiti in 1976 to import the finest quality, recycled steel oil drum sculptures. Because each piece is hand-chiseled, each piece is an original work of art. The designs are chalked out on flattened steel oil drums and then cut out with a mallet and chisel. Georges Liautaud, a blacksmith, began this art form in the late 1950s. Many talented sculptors have since followed. These works grace such prestigious institutions as the Museums of Modern Art in Paris and New York. This beautiful, hand-chiseled wall hanging was crafted in Haiti from recycled steel oil drums and can be displayed inside or outside to elevate the decor around your home. This Sun Moon Combo measures approximately 23 x 23 x 0.5 Inch.
For the home with a lot of heart The octopus is known for having 3 hearts, making it the perfect symbol for your happy, love-filled home. Complete your home's sea decor with our Metal Octopus Wall Art. Handmade by Haitian artisans with hammers and chisels, each is uniquely different in its patina and detailing, ensuring you of a truly one-of-a-kind artwork. Measuring 22.5" x 23", it is perfectly sized for your cabana bathroom, pool house decor, and other home or office accents. Reclaimed and resilient Each eye-catching Octopus sea decoration is fashioned by hand from a 55-gallon steel oil drum, saving it from languishing in a landfill while also allowing a skilled craftsman to support his family. Its' heavy-duty construction makes it an ideal home decoration indoors as well as outdoors. This unique recycled wall art makes a thoughtful housewarming or wedding gift for a new couple or for anyone who loves to surround themselves in marine creatures or other sea decorations. Responsibly sourced for the well-being of all We are a member of the Fair Trade Federation, adhering to a model of sustainable and ethical trade that puts people and planet first. Not only do our Haitian artisans use reclaimed materials in their handmade pieces, but we also ensure that they are compensated in such a way that they have the ability to invest in brighter futures for themselves and their local communities. Give your home or office a touch of the deep blue sea. Add the It's Cactus Octopus Metal Wall Art to your cart today.
Hanging your metal art is easy, once you know how. Choose a place it within two design elements that are touching or notched toward the center of the piece and drive a nail into the wall at that point. Using a second and possibly a third nail, place those in other notched areas within the design to secure it firmly. Avoid placing nails in the eyes or mouth. A viewer's eye will go straight to those elements and a nail there will draw attention to itself. You don't want the nails to become part of the details - you want them to "disappear." This sculpture has been finished with a clear enamel coating, which will protect it from the elements. However, if it is displayed outdoors, we recommend applying a spray-on clear coat in order to maintain it's fresh-out-of the box look. Five minutes once a year is all it takes. Easy!