Haitian Metal Wall Art
This beautiful piece is very versatile. The bottom is removable to easily insert a flameless candle or change a light bulb (electrical wiring not included, but easy to add). The lantern is light and can easily be moved around and hung from a hook. A beautiful piece to illuminate your al fresco dinner party, simply hang from a tree or trellis. Indoors, it will make a stunning chandelier in an entry hall, bathroom, or other space. When the bottom is removed, the lantern sits nicely on a table or mantle and makes for a stunning statement piece.
Story behind the Art:
The hand-stamped tin décor is popular Mexican Folk Art that dates to colonial times. The artform is called “hojalata” in Mexico. Creating the pieces involves patience and skill. An artisan will sit at an anvil using a hammer and metal stamps to methodically punch and pierce the designs into the sheets of metal. The stamps have a range of designs from geometric to petals which come together to create beautiful patterns. The metal is then twisted and fabricated into lanterns, trays, and other beautiful home décor items. Each piece has a beautiful bronze patina that’s achieved through an oxidization process. The rustic finish may show some signs of rust; this is to be celebrated and a part of the rustic art. When illuminating the lanterns, the light shines through and casts beautiful patterns across a room.
Measurement: 24 inches tall and 12 inches across.
Use: Lantern, Flower Vase (place glass water jar in bottom), Urns.
Meet the Maker:
Juan is an independent artisan located a short distance outside of San Miguel de Allende in the central highlands of Mexico. He has a modest workspace where he creates beautiful art combining a modern twist with an old craft. When we visited with Juan, he was excited to show us his pieces and the craft process. It is just amazing when you see each little circle or shape is hand-punched one at a time with simple tools. The time and love devoted to one votive is immense. Juan is so proud of his art. We are excited to share this collection with you! All products are sourced under Fair Trade Principles. Our mission is to create income generating opportunities for marginalized artisans.
Given the handmade nature of this product please allow for minor variations.