Painted Gecko . Metal Drum Art , 8" Asst Colours, Haiti
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Handmade from recycled oil drums in Haiti, this gecko is 8 inches long and painted with a colourful design. Hook on back for hanging. Colours and designs will vary.
Caribbean Craft promotes employment in Haiti by training unskilled - but often highly gifted - craftspeople in metal art, and by assisting the independent artisans through the introduction of new designs and new market outlets. Unemployment in Haiti, the poorest country of the American hemisphere, is variously estimated at 60 and 80%.
"When you visit Croix des Bouquets, the area of town known for Haitian metal art in the capital of Port-Au-Prince, you are met with a cacophony of tink, tink, tink as ball peen hammers strike sheets of steel. The sheets are cut from steel drums colored by oil and other liquids the drums at one time held. The process of turning sheets of metal into beautiful wall art is all done by hand, from cutting holes that become edges of trees and leaves, to accenting each lizard with a texture of scales, to painting or lacquering the final design. The artists are proud of their work, signing the pieces on the back side, leaving a raised, reversed signature on the front."