Nature and Happiness - Hand-Painted Wood Alebrije Cactus Sculpture from Mexico
Pablo and Lucy Mendez design this fantastic alebrije sculpture, featuring several pieces of hand-carved copal wood that, once assembled, resemble a flowering cactus. Painted by hand, this delightful piece of home decor is finished with little bugs and a hummingbird that feed from the cactus. Small parts are separated for shipping to protect from breakage.
- 1.2 lbs
- 6.5" H x 15.25" W x 10.75" D
- Copal wood
- Some assembly required
- Signed by the artist
- Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
- Warning: Choking Hazard. Small parts -- not for children under 3 years.
- Made in Mexico, ships from US
Pablo and Lucy Mendez
Traditional handcrafted Mexican alebrije figures
"What we enjoy the most is how real and mythical animal shapes can emerge from a simple branch. They can be so colorful and original that they appear to have had a life on another planet."
"We are a young married couple who inherited the knowledge of carving and painting copal wood alebrijes. We have gradually perfected our technique, which we have passed down to our children.
"We have been working for some years with this incredible technique that we learned. In our community in Oaxaca, copal carving is a tradition for families.
"We have several goals, one of which is to teach and share this beautiful art in our workshop. And it's how we learn more.
"You have allowed us to export our alebrijes to any part of the world, permitting us to concentrate on the quality and inspiration we give each piece. This has led us to hire family members for wood carving.
"We also have copal tree plantations that have allowed us to preserve this beautiful tree that has given us so much, and that was facing the possibility of extinction."