Haitian Metal Art
TRIPTYCH NATIVITY SCENE
Created From Re-cycled Steel Oil Drums
by Jean Marie Soulouque
Wonderful Wall Sculpture
Display Inside or Outdoors
Imported From Haiti & Available In The U.S.A. (RND490)
1) A picture or relief carving on three panels, typically hinged together vertically and used as an altarpiece. 2) A set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together.
A striking, finely detailed, rendition of the traditional manger scene with the Holy Family, the Three Kings, and the stable animals in attendance. Created in hinged, 3-panel form, it is easy to store flat, but also appropriate for year 'round display. Made entirely by hand from a recycled steel drum, each triptych is an authentic work of original folk art.
Consider the talent, imagination and determination required to transform a used 55 gallon oil drum into a beautiful work of art, a wall hanging to grace any home or backyard get together. The small village of Croix-des-Bouquets, northeast of Port-Au-Prince, is the center of activity of Haitian arts. Here the clang clang of metal on metal, the chisels banging out the sculptures is a constant music and livlihood for these skilled artisans. The subject's pattern is drawn on the metal, then chisels, dies and a large hammer are used to cut and mold the designs. The steel’s rough edges are smoothed, and the artist beats out the convex and the concave shapes. When the highly intricate sculpture is completed and thoroughly satisfactory to the artist, he signs his name proudly with a small chisel. A uniquely Haitian form of representative artwork, it is an art of multiple meanings and the Haitian artists’ imaginations are spectacularly fertile. Finished pieces are sealed against rust for protection, and may be re-sealed as necessary.
Dimensions: Approximately 36X18"
Material: Re-cycled steel oil drums
Can be displayed indoors or outside
Finished with anti-rust sealant to protect the piece.