In London, Ontario, dead tree trunks got a second life, re-incarnated by skilled artists into wonderful sculptures of different themes, sizes, expressions, moods and hues. While other cities are abundant with public art that are made up of steel, granite, marble, glass, metal and plastic, London’s very unique public art pieces are carved out from dead tree trunks that we usually ignore in our backyards.
How long is the tour:
This is a tour you should do yourself. I don’t know anyone in London who does this as a tour business. I did it alone and it took me two hours and 15 minutes of walking, including a 5 minute bus ride.
How to get there / Where to start:
As soon as you exit from the train station, walk on your right along York Street. Turn right on Colborne, pass the railroad and make a left on Bathurst Street. A the corner of Bathurst and Hamilton Road, there stands the first of the dead tree trunks sculpture.
Say “Hello” to the Hog Eater. If you don’t, he’s gonna pinch you with his claws. As the gatekeeper of Hamilton Road, he’s got the power to do so.
Bald as he is—but you’ll be jealous when he soars high.
“What’s something fishy, Mr. Fisherman?”
Lambs are meek and shepherds are cute.
Rodin (The Thinker) must be proud. This “Thinking Squirrel” plots his next trip—his next backyard to conquer.
Here’s Bucky wagging his tongue!
Feed them and they’ll come live!
Dare not to take her egg and you’ll be vanquished.
Animals do Learn, Imagine, Grow and Read.
Watch out for Grizzly Bear! He’s bigger than you think.
Panther is real and he looks at you like you’re a delicious meal!
Can’t you see how beautiful his wings are?
This Crusader of his faith proclaims the mystery of the word.
….and here’s the mightiest of them all. It refuses to be uprooted from it’s place.
P.S. This is is not a tree sculpture but I saw this right in front of a business establishment. Sure, London, Ontario has a sense of humor! 🙂