Ceramic and Iron Bird Wall Art from Central America, "Forest Melodies"
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"Guatemala is home to more than 720 species of birds, and yet few people are concerned with preserving their natural habitat. This wall sculpture is my way of showcasing some of those birds, as well as to pledge the respect I have for nature," says the talented Jose Arriola. Working with terracotta he crafts 20 colorful birds: two hummingbirds, a black toucan and a green toucan, four macaws, three parakeets, two peacocks, an oriole, a harlequin woodpecker, a yellow-breasted sparrow, a horned guan, and three surucua. These last ones are on the endangered species list. Painted with vivid realism, the birds are perched on a forged iron tree designed to hang on the wall.
The birds hang from the branches with galvanized iron hooks which allow them to be displayed as desired.
Though size, motifs and color may vary slightly due to their hand crafted nature, the types of birds remain the same.
- 0.52 kgs
- 1.2 lbs
- Iron sculpture: 50 cm H x 38 cm W x 7 cm D
- Iron sculpture: 19.75" H x 15" W x 2.8" D
- Birds (average size): 3.5 cm H x 2 cm W x 7 cm D
- Birds (average size): 1.4" H x 0.8" W x 2.8" D
Jose creates the most beautiful ceramic ornaments and figurines. His family has lived in Antigua for more than 100 years and he takes great pride in practicing the same ceramic techniques his ancestors used. He wishes to help this tradition continue and he teaches anyone in his community who has an interest in learning.
Jose Arriola has received 7 microcredit loans with 0% interest from Kiva and Novica, the first for $450 and the most recent for $2550. Proceeds were used to purchase paints and materials for his ceramics to continue production.
Jose's beautiful work and his preservation of cultural techniques have brought him recognition in national exhibitions, and his municipality even created a video showing the process of how he creates his figurines.
Jose's children are all grown but but he does provide financial support for the education of one person outside of his family and he occasionally supports other children's school expenses.
Jose has been dealing with diabetes for over 17 years. His condition has caused many problems for him, but currently he is able to control it and enjoy his life.
Jose provides employment to several people within his community.
Several universities have recognized Jose for his work.
"Second tree we've purchased!"
We really liked the first tree we had with the Tropical Birds. I actually was hoping to replace many of the birds which I have accidentally broken by purchasing this set, but it's a completely different set of birds. Still wonderful! I guess I will have to get around to ordering the set of 6 tropical birds in the near future; hopefully those will replace some of those that my wife has carefully pieced and glued together.
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"Better Than the Picture!"
I am so happy with my purchase! The colors of the birds are vivid and the branch is expertly made. Such great craftsmanship!
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