A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion or fact is transformed into a photograph, it is an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. ~ Richard Avedon (1985) In the American West
How are the steel sculptures created?
Various steps are involved in creating these magnificent works of art:
The result is a unique and treasured piece of primitive art.
What is the history of oil drum art?
This particular art form was born in Haiti in the early 1950's by a simple blacksmith, Georges Liautaud. In his small shop, he made and repaired tools. He also created primitive metal crosses for the graves in the Croix-des-Bouquets cemetery. It was at the encouragement of an American teacher, DeWitt Peters, who opened the Le Centre d'Art in Port-au-Prince in 1944, that Georges Liautaud began creating decorative metal sculptures. Eventually, a few talented men apprenticed under him. Today, metal art is made primarily by men, who begin the craft at a young age.
How do I maintain the look of the metal art?
These sculptures are great indoors or out. When displayed outdoors, the varnish will wear away over time, and the sculptures will begin to rust naturally. You can maintain the original look by spraying the sculpture with a clear enamel every couple of years. If rusting occurs, buff the affected area with steel wool and wipe clean before spraying with enamel.
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