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Haitian Metal Art - Tree of Life - 23"x 23"

Ancient cultures as diverse as the Egyptians, Sumerians, and Mayans all viewed the Tree of Life as the source of all Creation. Today, it is a timeless classic; graceful, elegant, and naturally appealing. Fair trade is the name of the game and it's the only way we play. Color variations from dark silver to brown rustic tones. It's Cactus Metal Art Haiti

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In the village of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, 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. Worried that this sculpture may rust? Don't be. A weathered patina isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if that's not the look you're going for, take five minutes to apply a spray-on clear coat enamel once a year to keep your outdoor sculpture looking the same as the day you bought it.

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The artists in Haiti who created these wonderful sculptures often take their inspiration from the own cultural heritage. Many Haitians today can trace their roots back to Africa and Haitian children throughout time have been entertained with folktales of their ancestral homeland. All of our artists have the benefit of our fair trade practices.

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