Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Helping a Haitian Artist: Metal Butterflies

During a visit to Eco Location here in Carlsbad we found this cool butterfly sculpture:

The butterfly is made from old oil drums in Haiti. Haitian artists remove the ends of the oil drum, used for smaller sculptures, then light a fire inside the main section to burn off residue. Once clean and cool one side is sliced down and then the whole piece flattened into a 4x6' sheet ready for use. An image is drawn on this sheet with chalk then with a hammer and chisel only the design is cut and the sculpture made.

Reuse is so important in our world today and supporting the livelihood of those practicing this act is just as important. Given the current events in Haiti this purchasing act took on heightened meaning for us.

1 comment:

  1. this is great! maybe, one day, i'll make some metal sculptures:)


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