Painted windswept tree
Dimensions: 23" x 23"
An art form starting back in the 1950's, the number of Haitian metal artists has multiplied via families and mentor/students embracing the craft. The center of Haitian metal arts is the village of Croix-des-Bouquets, where the clang-clang of metal on metal, the hammers banging out the sculptures, provides constant music. The artisans start with designs inspired by nature and culture. From cardboard patterns, they trace their design with chalk on the flattened metal from torn-down oil drums. With chisels and hammers, they carefully cut and decorate the metal by hand. Each piece is shaped and smoothed, then the artists boldly and proudly chisel their name onto the metal sculpture.
Haitian steel drum sculptures are fabulous both indoors and out. The metal art pieces have been coated by the artists with a gloss varnish.