Butterfly and Gecko Wall Hanging
Eugene Jacques & Carlo Brutus
Dogbotz Boneyard has invested in the artwork of Eugene Jacques and Carlo Brutus because of the delightful Haitian ethnic designs and images of the natural world that they employ in the creation of their oil drum wall hangings. Though the wall hangings are certainly sturdy, the filigree-like patterns and areas of open space offer a light airy quality. Each sculpture is circular, denoting the great Wheel of Life that connects all peoples of Earth Mother. And so, from our Dogbotz Boneyard Gallery of Art for your own personal collection, we present Eugene Jacques and Carlo Brutus’s Butterfly and Gecko Wall Hanging.
Special Note: The oil drum wall hangings created by Eugene Jacques and Carlo Brutus are Fair Trade products. The artists and their art cooperative are compensated fairly for their work, helped with preservation of their cultural traditions, and are given development assistance to help their communities rise above poverty.
Eugene Jacques and Carlo Brutus are two of the many artisans in Croix des Bouquets, an area of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti known for artisans who make oil drum metal art. The constant hammering from the sheds foretells of beautiful metalwork and new Haitian folk art designs.
Eugene is known not only for his stunning wall hangings made from metal oil drums but also for unique three-dimensional masks with cogs and bicycle chains for earrings. Each piece is a work of art and signed with "Eugene.” Carlo is also a gifted metal artist who has created hundreds of different designs from round steel drums. The two of them have collaborated numerous times on the metal wall hangings that reflect the skills of oil drum art, an art that is truly Haitian.
Old oil drums are no longer readily available and are imported into Haiti by container and sold to the artisans. Even though cheaper, more readily available steel sheets could be used, artisans such as Eugene and Carlo rely on the used drums for the patina in their art.