Recycled Metal Flower Garden Menorah (Haiti)


This beautiful flower garden menorah is an example of recycled metal oil drum art, a medium born in the town of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, a town not far from the capital Port-au-Prince.

The Process: Fifty-five gallon oil drums are first cleaned by burning out residue and then, using a lot of strength, they’re flattened. Using the flattened drum as a canvas, the artist then traces an existing stencil–generally cut out of a used cardboard box–with chalk. Using a hammer and two or three sizes of chisels, the design is then cut. After that, the piece is polished with a wire brush and painted or given a coat of clear lacquer and left to dry in the sun. By purchasing this ethically sourced and fairly traded piece, you are helping the artist support himself and his family.

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Materials: Recycled metal oil drum, paint

Size: 4″ x 12″ x 14″h

Follows fair trade practices