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Palm Trees with Birds, Haiti Fair Trade, One of a kind 1049 23" x 23"

$79.00
SKU: 1049
Size:
23" x 23"
Brand:
Haiti
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    Hand made Haitian metal artwork By Norvh Bonhere. This pair of Palm Trees has such a nice balance and feel~

    Recycled metal oil drum art was born in the town of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, a town not far from the capital Port-au-Prince.   Around mid-century, Georges Liautard, an ingenious blacksmith, used the metal from oil drums to fashion crosses  for the local cemetery.  In the 1950s, DeWitt Peters, an American artist who was working with Haitian artists, saw these crosses and encouraged Georges to create decorate art.  From this collaboration, an art form was born.

     Fifty-five gallon oil drums --just like the ones on the background of this page--are first cleaned, by burning out residue.  Then using a lot of strength, they're flattened.  Using the flattened drum a a canvas, an artist then traces an existing stencil--generally cut out of a used cardboard box--with chalk.  Using a hammer and two or three sizes of chisels, the design is then cut.  After that, the piece is polished with a wire brush and given a coat of clear lacquer and left to dry in the sun.

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