The traditional Haitian method of creating metal sculptures from discarded oil drums has changed very little since the technique was first developed by Georges Liataud in the 1950’s. To begin, the drums are burned out, cleaned up, sanded down and pounded flat. Next, the artist chalks his intended design onto the prepared metal and begins the heavy and tedious work of cutting and detailing, the usage of only a hammer and chisel. In spite of everything, the sculpture is sealed with a weather-proof finish, so that the sculpture may be displayed easily indoors or out.
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How wonderful for poolside or beach house decor. Meticulously hand-crafted in Haiti. Naturally intelligent, creative and flexible, the octopus also acquires its mystique from the watery environment in which it lives.
The octopus’ chameleon-like ability to change its color, or disappear in a cloud of black ink when frightened or attacked and you have got an enigmatic phantom of magic, wonder and transformation. The mysteries of the untamed sea contribute to the sense of wonder and mystery that surrounds this eight-tentacled creature.
It’s easy to hang your sculpture with only a few nails. Place the first nail within two design elements that are touching or notched. Then use a second and possibly a third nail, if the sculpture is large, to straighten and safe the piece against the wall. You wish to have the nails to “disappear” into the sculpture – and they’ll. Like magic…
Worried that your metal sculpture will rust if exposed to the elements? Don’t be. Your sculpture comes with a weather-proof coating so that they can wear off through the years, but you’ll protect it easily by spending 5 minutes once a year to spray it with clear enamel available at your local hardware store.
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