Metal Sculptures are an exciting part of the Arts and Crafts Industry in South Africa and are used extensively for African Decor. These sculptures are incredibly labour intensive and so are usually made by a group of African Craftsmen from old oil and chemical drums.
To produce these sculptures the Artists start off by making a thick wire framework in the exact shape of the subject that they want to create, then the drums are cut open and placed in open fires to burn the previous content. These sheets of metal are cut into smaller pieces with a homemade guillotine and then placed onto the wire framework where they are welded into place to complete the metal sculpture. Varnish mixed with petrol is then painted on to stop the rust.
The Artists create a wide variety of African Wildlife Sculptures with the most popular being Metal Warthogs and Metal Gecko's.