From Barrels to Branches
Haitian artisan Jean Roosevelt Beauchard renders this wall relief from a surprising source: steel oil drums. Drawn from Norse, Biblical, and other world traditions, the Tree of Life is an ancient symbol of the intertwined richness of the natural world and has inspired artists from cathedral mosaic craftsmen to Gustav Klimt. Starting with retired 55-gallon drums, Jean removes both ends, burns away the oil residue, slices the cylinder down one side, and pounds it into a flat sheet. He draws his intricate design onto the metal with chalk, then uses a hammer and chisel to cut, shape, and contour the sheet into a piece that balances sophisticated detail with rustic, handcrafted charm. The design naturally provides multiple points for hanging (hardware not included). The sculpture is finished with a protective clear coat but is intended for indoor use. Handmade in Haiti.