Haitian Metal Wall Art
This tabletop nativity is handmade in Haiti from scrap steel drums. The scene combines the Christmas story with a cultural flair from Haiti, depicting Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus encased in a starry night. The nativity sits beautifully on a table or mantle. Meticulously crafted by hand, it measures approximately 11 inches in diameter. Crafted from recycled 55-gallon steel drums by village artisans in Haiti, these stunning pieces of art are truly one-of-a-kind!
Story Behind the Art:
The process of turning sheets of metal into beautiful art is all done by hand. Artisans take discarded 50 gallon steel drums that were originally used to transport oil into the capital of Haiti and recreate. First, they burn the oil residue off the drums and then cut and flatten the steel. The intricate details are chiseled and hammered to create the magnificent, upcycled art.
Given the handmade nature of this product please allow for minor variations. As the metal is recovered from recycled oil drums and colored through a burning process it will vary slightly in coloration. Typically the piece has a darkened steel patina. Each piece of art is coated with a layer of clear coat to help protect the metal.