Fair trade is vital to the village of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, where the air rings with the sound of metal banging against metal. Workshops line the streets of the village and outside each are stacks of discarded 55-gallon drums awaiting transformation. To begin the process, the tops of the barrels are removed and the open barrel is stuffed with straw and dried banana leaves and then set ablaze. This burns out the residue and old paint and strengthens the metal. After the barrels have cooled, they are slit down the side, pried open, pounded flat and sanded down, giving the artist a smooth flat surface, much like a painter's canvas. The artist chalks his design onto the metal and then, using a hammer and chisel, begins the work of cutting the sculpture and giving it form, detail and dimension. When he is satisfied with his results, he pounds his signature onto the sculpture and seals it with a protective, weather-proof finish.
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.
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.