In Haiti, the traditional art of converting oil drums into wall sculptures is a true mark of both man's
imagination and his resourcefulness in the face of dire economic circumstances.
Using 55-gallon oil drum cast-offs, the artist first removes both ends of the drum, reserving
those pieces for smaller sculptures. Next, he stuffs the drum with straw, igniting it to burn out any
residues.When it has cooled, he slices it down one side and pounds it into a flat four-by-six foot
piece of metal “canvas.”With a stick of chalk, the artist then draws his intended design on to the
metal sheet. Finally, he applies a hammer and chisel to the task; cutting, shaping, and contouring the
piece to its completion.