Upcycled Oil Drum Garden Stake

Haitian artist Louis Juste Omiscar transforms used oil drums into perky sunflower garden stakes.
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Louis Juste Omiscar

$35.00

created by

Louis Juste Omiscar

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Steel Sunflowers

It's hard to believe that these bright, cheerful sunflowers begin life as 55-gallon steel drums full of oil. Here is how the transformation takes place: First, Louis-Juste Omiscar's apprentices light a fire inside a used, empty drum to burn off residue. Once it's cooled, they cut and flatten it. Now it's ready for Louis-Juste. The Haitian artist uses a hammer, chisel, and other basic tools to cut, pound, and decorate the metal in a unique style he has developed over the years. After painting, a long-lasting, weatherproof finish is applied. And then a bit of Haitian sun is ready to beam upon your garden. Sales of Louis-Juste's beautiful metal art have enabled him to send his two children to school. He says that when he makes garden stakes, "It let me smile." Made by hand in Haiti.

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Made in Haiti

Louis Juste Omiscar began working in metal sculpture at eight years old, flattening and sanding used oil barrels. He began cutting metal when he was fourteen, and apprenticed with the renowned artist Serge Jolimeau, whose metal art has been collected by museums internationally. From Jolimeau, Omiscar learned to do fine cutting and detailing and create his own designs. Now, he has a wife and two children, and works with eight apprentice artists of his own in his workshop in the Village Artistique de Noailles, a three-street enclave of metal artists in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti. He specializes in intricate floral patterns,. “When my art goes out, it lives in the world for me," he says.

Handmade Recycled
Made from
Steel
Measurements
Flower: 9" L x 9" W; Stake: 18" H
Care
To protect against rust over an extended period of outdoor display, spray with a clear gloss spray enamel like Rust-Oleum. If rusted patina is preferred, to deter further corrosion thoroughly spray with WD-40 and do not wipe off. For either treatment, reapply spray at least once a year.
Item ID
43427

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