Global Crafts 13-inch Painted Gecko Recycled Haitian Metal Wall Art Blue Green, Florida


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Colorful Hand-painted Upcycled Metal Gecko hanging decorColorful Hand-painted Upcycled Metal Gecko hanging decor

Colorful Hand painted Gecko Hanging Art Featured in Outdoor SceneColorful Hand painted Gecko Hanging Art Featured in Outdoor Scene

Colorful Gecko Metal Art next to pencilColorful Gecko Metal Art next to pencil

Discarded Steel Oil Drum Junkyard in HaitiDiscarded Steel Oil Drum Junkyard in Haiti

junkyard with discarded steel oil drums

Haitian Artisan at Work Turing Discarded Steel Oil drum into artHaitian Artisan at Work Turing Discarded Steel Oil drum into art Artisan at work in his workshop

It is a labor of love to convert the rusty and soiled steel drum to art. After burning off the residue and flattening the steel, artisans will draw in chalk the design. From there, rudimentary tools are used to chisel out the shapes and details. Geckos are painted in beautiful, tropical colors that celebrate the vibrancy of the Haitian culture.

Haitian Artisans Turn Discarded Steel Oil Drum to Art

Turning Trash to Treasure

Haitians has endured much over the years, battling severe poverty in the face of political unrests, natural disasters, and high crime. The bright spot are the artisans who take the steel oil drums that transport oil to their country and skillfully turn them into pieces of art.

Tab/hook on back for hanging.
Display indoors or outdoors. Made of recycled steel and if they are exposed to the elements, they will eventually rust over time. To keep your artwork looking new, respray once a year with a clear enamel if hanging outdoors.
When you visit Croix des Bouquets, the area of town known for Haitian metal art in the capital of Port-Au-Prince, you are met with a cacophony of tink, tink, tink as ball peen hammers strike sheets of steel. The sheets are cut from steel drums colored by oil and other liquids the drums held at one time. The process of turning sheets of metal into beautiful wall art is all done by hand, and hand-painting or lacquering the final design.
Global Crafts is proud to be a member of the Fair Trade Federation. Fair trade is an alternative business model that values people, the planet, and profits equally. Fair trade aims to combat this widespread poverty by providing opportunity for economically disadvantaged producers.

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