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Recycled Metal Drum Art These striking wall sculptures, made from recycled metal oil drums, are hammered and chiselled by hand in Haiti.

 
 
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Le Primitif Galleries Haitian Recycled Steel Oil Drum Outdoor Decor, 33 by 33-Inch, Flower and Bird Tree

Le Primitif Galleries Haitian Recycled Steel Oil Drum Outdoor Decor, 33 by 33-Inch, Flower and Bird Tree
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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 Flower and Bird Tree measures approximately 33 x 33 x 0.5 Inch.

Le Primitif Galleries Haitian Recycled Steel Oil Drum Outdoor Decor, 17.5 by 17.5-Inch, School of Fish

Le Primitif Galleries Haitian Recycled Steel Oil Drum Outdoor Decor, 17.5 by 17.5-Inch, School of Fish
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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 School of Fish measures approximately 17.5 x 17.5 x 1 Inch.

Le Primitif Galleries Haitian Recycled Steel Oil Drum Outdoor Decor, 23 by 23-Inch, Double Palms with Rising Sun

Le Primitif Galleries Haitian Recycled Steel Oil Drum Outdoor Decor, 23 by 23-Inch, Double Palms with Rising Sun
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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 Double Palms with Rising Sun measures approximately 23 x 23 x 0.5 Inch.

Haitian Metal Heart, Erzulie Freda, Veve, Recycled Oil Drum Art 12" X 19"

Haitian Metal Heart, Erzulie Freda, Veve, Recycled Oil Drum Art 12" X 19"
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In Haitian culture, "Ezili Freda" is the spirit of love. How appropriate that this elegant heart bears her name. Created by Jean Rony from recycled metal.

Haitian Metal Art - Angel and Birds - 23" x 23"

Haitian Metal Art - Angel and Birds - 23" x 23"
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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. Haitian metal sculptures all come with a clear, weather-proof coating but if exposed to the elements, they will begin to rust over time. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if it's not the look you're going for, fear not. Just pick up a can of spray on enamel clear coat and go to it. Once a year will do it. Piece of cake!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!

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