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. Made of recycled steel, this sculpture will rust over time if it is exposed to the elements.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, some people like the look of a weathered patina. If that isn’t you, don’t despair. Taking five minutes once a year to apply a spray-on enamel clear coat will keep your sculpture looking exactly the same as the day you bought it.
A lovely angel brings her sunny smile to your garden wall. Do take a minute to use the zoom feature and observe the fine detailing in her wings and gown. Each bit of bead work and texturing was created one hammer-blow at a time by our highly skilled Haitian artists.
9″ x 16″ x 2 3/4″
It’s Cactus Metal Art Haiti
Our artists benefit from their own hard work, your purchases, and our adherence to fair trade principles
Natural color variations from dark silver to brown rustic tones.