Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tree Art

Hello, Dear Ones. I rode around in our Historic District today to take photos to show you something interesting. If you don't know, our little island was devastated by Hurricane Ike in 2008. So many of our trees were killed by the salt water - an estimated 30,000. Many being 100 year old oak trees. Our island was so very sad to loose these beautiful trees. Because of safety, they had to come down. But someone had a wonderful idea and had many of the dead trees turned into Oak Tree Stump Art. So without further words from my tiny mouth, here are some for your viewing pleasure...




This is carved as the memorial to our lost trees.





Dalmatian carved at the main fire station.

His fire hydrant! Isn't this so cute!







These are just beautiful and are in a gorgeous setting of the olden home and gardens.





Look at this doggy! He's just adorable and he's so big!

This little angel is holding a bunny.


Artsy pelican.

This is my favorite ~ the Tin Man. He almost looks like he's made from copper, doesn't he? As you can see, these are not tiny sculptures, but 6 to 9 or more feet tall. I think these sculptures will certianly be a part of Galveston's history to come.

If you have a huge oak tree, go outside, give it a kiss and thank God for it! :)

Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

The Tin Man
Sometimes late when things are real
And people share the gift of gab between themselves
Some are quick to take the bait
And catch the perfect prize that waits among the shelves

But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man
That he didn't, didn't already have
And Cause never was the reason for the evening
Or the tropic of Sir Galahad.

So please believe in me
When I say I'm spinning round, round, round, round
Smoke glass stain bright color
Image going down, down, down, down
Soapsuds green like bubbles

Oh, Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man
That he didn't, didn't already have
And Cause never was the reason for the evening
Or the tropic of Sir Galahad

So please believe in me
When I say I'm spinning round, round, round, round
Smoke glass stain bright color
Image going down, down, down, down
Soapsuds green like bubbles

No, Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man
That he didn't, didn't already have
And Cause never was the reason for the evening
Or the tropic of Sir Galahad
~ sung by America


43 comments:

  1. So very sorry to read of the damage that was caused by the storms but out of destruction comes a work of art. I am flabbergasted at the creativity this person has to take a tree trunk and create a masterpiece. It takes a lot of fine sandpaper to burnish a sheen like that, and so very time consuming. Awesome photos. Will go kiss my oak tomorrow. I hope the neighbors wont think I am nuts.

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  2. Those are all so awesome! What a great idea too. I hope none of them get stolen! That was such an awful time, nice to see something good come of part of it! :D

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  3. Wow! Such fun, Shelia!

    And this speaks to the adage, "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!" They really turned this around and made something fun!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  4. Shelia, these are fabulous! What a great idea to turn a disaster into something so beautiful and so fun! I loved seeing these. Thank you for sharing them. laurie

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  5. I'm in awe Shelia! I remember the post about the trees dying. It was really heartwrenching to think of those old trees gone. And yet look what as emerged! I can't believe the artistry and skill but mostly the love that has graced these stumps. Galveston must be an incredible community to live in. I'm partial to the doggies myself but they are all amazing!

    And think you for bestowing me with a Snappy crown! I will wear my badge proudly! I have shared my bathroom with the world, nothing can stop me now!
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  6. I Love, Love, Love Galveston - It is one of my most favorite places in Texas. The folks in Galveston show the kind of perseverance that makes Texas the great state it is. I am so sad to think of those beautiful trees dying but what a great memorial.

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  7. Sheila, those are amazing. The workmanship is extraordinary. I love them. Did one person do these or several. Just beautiful.

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  8. It had to be so hard to lose all of those trees. When Andrew hit Miami, you could see for miles where you couldn't before because all of the trees were gone.

    It is so cool that someone came up with this great idea, and added art to the whole community! My fave are the birds!!

    Thanks so much for praying for me Sheila. I have another test on my nerves to do that I think will confirm that everything I am dealing with is a result of the bone spurs and bulging discs in my neck. I'll let everyone know when I know!

    You're such a lovely friend!
    Have a wonderful day and a great weekend!!
    Love n hugs,
    Becky

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  9. Oh I absolutely love that tin man...and now I have that song stuck in my head! Hehehe.

    Hugs,
    Dena

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  10. Dearest Shelia, Good morning to you! I absolutely luv what has been done to these damaged trees....very, very clever to tree sculpt and create these figures.

    They are beautiful and to think someone shaped these into the images of people and animals. That dog by the fence is my favorte...cute!

    Since you like the Tinman, you'd might like the Oz Museum. Recently I visited the Wizard of Oz Museum in Wamego, Kansas. Maybe you'd come by and see the pics. It's a neat museum with over 2000 artifacts.

    God Bless you,
    d

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  11. Those are ABSOLUTELY gorgeous! What a fabulous idea to carve the old fallen oak trees into something beautiful again. I love all of them but I think my favorite is the big dog looking over the fence. SO neat! Thanks for sharing. I haven't been to Galveston since Ike hit so I hadn't seen these.

    Hope you have a great day.♥

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  12. Wonderful...what talent!!! I'd love to have one of those great big dogs!!!

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  13. Dear Shelia, what a clever idea and so 'green'. Oak sure is beautiful, thank you so much for sharing this with us; I appreciate it God bless you.

    Hugs

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  14. Oh my gosh, Shelia. I am absolutely in love with every one of these. What an amazing idea and tribute.

    It actually made me cry.

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  15. Hi Sheila
    I had no idea so many trees were lost there. I think the sculptures are a wonderful way to remember them. They are all so beautiful but my favorite is the angel.
    We have a big oak tree outside our house. I'll give it a hug for you but when nobody is looking!
    Lindsay
    x

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  16. Yes, you sure were hit heavily in damage your way. What a fantastic way to preserve a piece of beauty, to treasure forever ...

    the shade of a tree,
    beauty to see,
    for all to cherish
    memories now art,
    forever to be.

    I just had to write that for you.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  18. Holy cow, these are AMAZING! How many artists worked on these? How long did it take to complete them?

    Justine :o )

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  19. Hello Sheila~ I can imagine what a loss this would be. Our trees represent our states beautiful history. You certainly found an incredible way to preserve yours.
    Were these created by the same sculptor? What a feat it must have been to accomplish this. Each one is so unique with such amazing details.
    The dog with his paws up on the iron fence looks like he could start barking and wagging his tail any minute.

    I got such a kick out of your Bathroom diva's! It's so nice to put a face to our friends in blog land.

    My kids came out from Seattle for the big business meeting to decide if they're going to relocate. Everyone bunked in our home. We were packed to the rafters! Hubs and I ran our little manor like a B&B. Looks like all went well, cause they're planning a return trip.
    Hopefully I'll see my son and DIL moving closer to home in the near future.

    I can't believe how big your sweet
    Carter has grown. I loved the outfit with the apple on her tushie.

    sweet wishes,
    Sara

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  20. I was devasted by this loss for the people of your area. I know that when my mom and dad's area in TN had a terrible tornado a few years ago, they lost countless old trees. Their yard alone looked like an entirely different place.
    But the people of Galveston took tragedy and turned it into something amazing! God bless you all!!
    Of course the angel with teh bunny is my favorite!!

    Love,
    Sue

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  21. That is absolutely amazing! How wonderful! Can't wait to show my hubby this post! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. These are amazing, Shelia. I am so glad the fallen trees turned into something nice and lasting. Thank you so much for sharing these beauties!...Christine

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  23. HI Shelia; It is amazing how these men can take a chain saw and make such beautiful art with it... the are all so beautiful,, with such detail too.... thanks for showing us.... have a great weekend.

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  24. Shelia, I'm so glad you shared these. Such a sad thing, but a beautiful way to memorialize these trees. Who was the artist? Did the same person carve each of these? The mermaid is my favorite.
    Hugs ~ Sarah

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  25. Clever man that thought of this...genius that did it. Trish

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  26. Oh, I remember the storm - and how worried I was about you! What a clever idea! I loved seeing the artwork that will live on to keep the memory alive.
    ~Adrienne~

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  27. Just beautiful! I think is awesome how they can do that with a chainsaw and a tree. My Mom has a bear like similar and she named him bullet. Hope you have a great weekend and I enjoyed chatting with you on facebook. ps..Marc loved his new clothes..even the pink shirt! xoxox Susie~

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  28. This is a wonderful story about turning something sad into a blessing.

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  29. What a great use of those trees. Now they are treasures once again. I loved the Tin Man, too! Hope you are OK..I read you had taken a little spill! L, Dana

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  30. Wow - these carvings are amazing!! Great job!!

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  31. Beautiful Sheila! Sorry I have not been around...we have a lot going on in our little lives here in Maine. We are raising money for my brother in Nashville and the outpouring of generosity here in Maine has been astounding. I am so grateful. Looks like good came out of that disaster too....as it will from the one in Nashville.

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  32. Shelia, those pictures are truly amazing.

    Hurricanes are a fact of life in the south, aren't they? I dread the new season coming.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    Hugs, Barb ♥

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  33. Wow Shelia! I wish I had just a fraction of the talent it takes to make something like that. I love how something so devastating was turned into a thing of beauty! Have a wonderful weekend!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  34. Amazing!

    I can't even pick a favorite because I love them all!

    It is really too bad so many oaks were lost. Has this ever happened on the island in the history of the island?

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  35. Hi Shelia,
    Those are all awesome!!! What a great way to salvage some beauty.
    I didn't know you lived on an Island too.
    Your bathroom diva post was fun.

    Have a good weekend,
    Carolyn

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  36. Awesome post Shelia!! What artistic beauty! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
    Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words. I can hardly believe we are in this sweet place. More to come!

    Big hugs,Sherry

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  37. Those are amazing..talk about making lemonade from lemons..so creative! And beautiful!

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  38. Your Tree Art reminds me of all the art I'm surrounded with! You have shown us some amazing talent today! Happy Weekend.

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  39. Oh my. These are beautiful. What a brilliant idea to memorialize these trees in such a way. Thanks for sharing!

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  40. Hi Sheila,
    I had no idea Galveston had these beautiful stump art pieces. Out of tragedy...treasure. Beautiful!
    Valerie

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  41. Wonderful and totally unique! Love them.

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  42. Ps. as to your comment on my blog--I have a whole set of the curry and Ives blue dishes too! My mom collected them from a grocery story growing up. THEN she and my Dad bought more at auctions!!

    http://spindlecottage.blogspot.com/

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