Metal Recycling or Metal Up-cycling, as the artisans themselves call it, has developed into an artform in Zimbabwe.
The combination of talents for art and the plenty metal waste and an unemlpoyment rate at 80%, has made up cycling of metal waste possible and economic feasible. The raw materials are metal or iron scrap from cars, trucks, fridges, dor frames to mention a few.
The welders, often have a background as car mechanics or they were trained in the industry, but due to 15 years+ of economic crisis, people have had to make a plan. The welders, we are trading with, have learned the finer welding art from other welders, its learning by doing. The new status as artist or crafter, gives them not only income and employment in their own workshops, but status in the local community and hope for the future.
The welders are really good ! The animals and birds have live expressions: some of them look curious, some look naughty, some look hesitante, – see for your self, they are great !
THE HOUSE AT THE SEA receives our recycled metal birds and -animals from different welding workshops in the poor working districts in Harare. – In a closed factory building works about 20 welders both inside and out side the building with their creations. The welders are members of the local art-and craft association and are Fairtrade approved by Fairtrade Denmark, through HOUSE BY THE SEA.
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M053 – most amasing Peacock 35cm high – 70cm long