Though it is protected with a weather-proof finish, this sculpture will rust over time, if exposed to outdoor weather. To prevent this from happening, grab a can of spray on enamel at the hardware store and go to it. Once a year should be plenty. It's a snap! It's easy to hang your sculpture with just a few nails. Place the first nail within two design elements that are touching or notched. Then use a second and possibly a third nail, if the sculpture is large, to straighten and secure the piece against the wall. Just make sure that you don't place a nail in an eye or a mouth. A viewer's attention will go there quite naturally and therefore, directly to the nail. You don't want that! 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.
Handcrafted Octopus Sea Wall Decor Fair Trade from Haiti, Recycled Metal Art, Decorative Hanging Art, 23 in. X 23 in. (Nautical Octopus)
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.
The traditional Haitian method of creating metal sculptures from discarded oil drums has changed very little since the technique was first developed by Georges Liataud in the 1950's. To begin, the drums are burned out, cleaned up, sanded down and pounded flat. Next, the artist chalks his intended design onto the prepared metal and begins the heavy and tedious work of cutting and detailing, using only a hammer and chisel. Finally, the sculpture is sealed with a weather-proof finish, so that the sculpture may be displayed easily indoors or out.