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Haitian artisans recycle trash into art– Viva Fifty!


One of the best places to witness recycled art in the making is at the artisan village in Croix-des-Bouquets. Here, men and children crouch over small pieces of scrap metal that they fashion into bracelets, art for the walls, jewelry and even seats and tables. All the art is handmade, since electricity is sporadic and the cost of power tools would be prohibitive to these artisans. So all day they cut and dent and mark metal as they turn it into art, then they sand it to a slight shine and coat it with lacquer.

Duck into any souvenir shop in Haiti and you will find jewelry made with paper beads or toys made with plastic bottles. Or visit a fine art gallery where some of Haiti’s premier artists sell their work. There, you will also find sculptures made with tree branches and stones and metal salvaged from the dump.

Source: Viva Fifty!

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