Egerton Street Deer : Day 8

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Our first step in the Hamilton Road Area Business Association’s new initiative is almost complete. All of the major elements of the Egerton St. sculpture have been carved, and Robbin Wenzoski has been working long hours creating the details that will become a forest for the deer to live in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viewed from either side, the sculpture has been grabbing the attention of pedestrians and drivers alike, and its going to be something for the residents of Hamilton Road to call there own for years to come. The standing fawn that was just being revealed in the trunk on day 5, is now revealed, and flocked with fur.

There is a fourth deer now, as well, laying down. Its posture and location in the tree seem to show it has just found shelter and might be settling down for a nap.

I had a chance to talk to Robbin again, and he mentioned that he had broken a chain on one of his STIHL carving saws just that day. It seems that one of the branches had a steel strap placed around it many years ago, and the hard steel became embedded in the tree as its branches grew larger and pressed together. This led to a longer discussion of some of the difficulties experienced with this particular sculpture.

Illustrated above are three of those difficulties in one picture. On the left is a line of glue where the bark left on the interior of the tree was not solid when it was revealed by the chainsaw. The dark line just right just right of centre is another bark inclusion. Robbin said that though this was solid now, he had the experience to tell him that this would be the first spot to split in a year or two of weathering. It has been reinforced with a long metal pin, screwed tightly in to bind the wood together. At the top right of the picture is an ear that needed to be added on. When the head was first shaped out, there simply wasn’t enough good wood to make any kind of ear, so a replacement has been glued in place.

I have a much greater appreciation of the technical abilities that have to meet up with artistic vision in this medium. From Robbin’s enthusiasm for the overall project, I’m sure these kinds of challenges only make experiences that much more interesting for him.

Though this is the first Trunk made for Hamilton Road, it is an extension of a project that Tourism London has been developing for six years. Check out my in-depth look at the first 16 carvings at  http://lookingaroundlondon.blogspot.com/

You can also learn more about Robbin’s work through his different web pages, itemized here.

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