Haitian Art : Most island nations import every drop of oil. Haitians recycle oil containers beautifully. They carve soapstone, coconuts, wood. Their inspiration comes from nature, religion, every day life.
Singing Rooster is a patron of Haitian arts. We LOVE the uniqueness, and cherish the artist.
Haitian artists are not just creative, their art provides clean water and tuition for schools for their families (there is no public education in Haiti). Art, literally, employs thousands.
We began working with artists in 2011 and created a stable outlet for dozens. We seek long-term connections with artists and are helping to build robust businesses.
65 Gallon Drums are the Canvas
Cut off both ends of a 65 gallon drum, reserve for 23″ sculptures (check out the Rooster’s 23″ tree of life — has the oil & air spigot built into the design)
Next, stuff the drum with banana leaves to burn off residue, paint.
Let it cool, then slice down the middle, then stretch / pound flat to reveal a 3′ x 6′ metal canvas (kind of like rolling out gingerbread.. except with steel).
Draw design onto metal with chalk. Then Pound, snip, chisel, stipple — cut, shape, contour. (this part is deafening & we supply earplugs)
For Outdoor Use : for all metal art : the topcoat of varnish will wear away over time, and the art piece will begin to rust naturally. Maintain the original look by spraying with clear enamel every 2 years.
In a country where 70% lack full time employment — art employs thousands. Purchasing a piece of art = meaningful jobs (and an heirloom piece for your family).
Buy Haitian Oil Drum / Metal Art Today. 100% of proceeds support small producers in Haiti.