Are Mermaids Real? In Haitian Metal Oil Drum Art -- The Answer is Yes - Real Beautiful!
Magical female figures -- those half-human, half-fish sirens of the sea -- first appear in cave paintings 30,000 years ago. Coincidence? Singing Rooster, a tireless champion of Haitian art, doesn't think so.
This brings about SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO many questions:
How does one accidentally kill a human lover?
How does one transform themselves ... without Oprah?
And what's with the living in the sea part?
Molly Nicaise, from Singing Rooster.org may have an answer (she's quick to point out that it's not THE answer, just an answer):
"Look, for those of us who grew up in the 70’s without email, the internet, hell, we didn’t even have decent TV – we were fascinated by the Man from Atlantis. You know, the short-lived tv show were Patrick Duffy swam like a mermaid? For that entire summer, pools around the Midwest were rife with kids doing the mermaid."
In spite of the in-disputable evidence of mermaids (including small children mimicking their swimming styles), in July 2012, the National Ocean Service (a branch of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
The statement was a response to public inquiries following Mermaids: The Body Found, a docu-fiction television show which aired in May on Animal Planet and which some had mistaken for a factual documentary
Real or mythical, mermaids capture our imagination. And Haitian artists, who labor over scrap metal to craft the most beautiful mermaids of all command our attention.
Singing Rooster, a certified nonprofit who works with Haitian coffee farmers, began meeting and establishing direct trade and long-term relationships with Haitian artists.
The Rooster now features Haitian art on their website & return all proceeds from art sales to support their work in Haiti -- which now includes helping artists. According to Nicaise, "We pay artists more than what they'd earn normally, we seek long-term relationships, and we bring proceeds back to help create a better life (this is small, but big: the recycled oil drum artists spend hours pounding and hammering metal. It's LOUD. The Rooster provided earplugs -- a big hit)."
Nicaise invites you to check out their gallery quality, hand-cut, chiseled metal art from recycled oil drums. Delicate detail and elegance prevail.
Each design was hand-selected by Singing Rooster. It'll start as a gift -- but you'll end up keeping it & ordering another.
To buy a beautiful piece of Haitian art from upcycled oil drums, see Singing Rooster:
Page Updated Last on: Oct 23, 2012