Monday, April 3, 2017

It Started with a Walk in the Park

My neighbour Anna was walking in the park when the arborists were removing a tree

There was a significant crack so the tree had to go. We would have carved the three meter stump that was left but before that happened the tree was chipped - nothing left but a pile of wood chips.

Fortunately Anna rescued some rounds of the trunk and they duly arrived in my driveway.

The work I built was a response to the Build Bridges Not Walls campaign. Being my first serious effort with a chainsaw the work proceeded carefully and slowly - with many a call to gurus, chainsaw shops and sculptor friends.

I made a lot of shavings

I also made a sample piece - a tribute to the tree that never turned into sculpture and a gift for Anna.

Finally the work was ready and sent to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show

And then it came home again - to teach me how cypress will weather and to allow me to see what could be better.


Alex said...

Powerful piece.
Shows the beauty of simple form and engineering bestowing connectivity from one side to the other or person to person.
Great art!

Hank said...

Beautiful natural form and function in a work of art that captures a real and legitimate political alternative to what has become the new status quo.

Olga Vanhoose said...

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Jenny Sculpts said...

LOL it was an electric chainsaw I used - and I have since acquired a battery powered saw. Will let you know how it goes.