Tree-top sculpture is turning heads in St Anne's Park
A LANDMARK tree in St Anne's Park in Raheny is being transformed into a 10m-tall sculpture celebrating the wildlife in the area.
The Monterey Cypress tree had to be cut down for health and safety reasons but, rather than waste the iconic tree, Dublin City Council have turned to UK tree sculptor Tommy Craggs to ensure it doesn't go to waste.
The feature piece has been turning heads on the Clontarf Road as it starts to take shape.
When completed it will stand some 10 metres above the ground. Already, Mr Craggs has carved a large swan, a badger and owls out of the wood.
Mr Craggs will return to Ireland to complete the sculpture in 2016.
It will be visible to traffic from the road when it is finished.
The piece has been inspired by the wildlife found in the nature reserve on the nearby Bull Island and in the northside park, he told the Herald.
The talented carver uses a chainsaw.
Local Independent councillor Damian O'Farrell said that it was fantastic to see the tree being recycled.
"There was a lot of disappointment locally when the tree had to be cut down, but it was very dangerous," he said.
"It looks like it's going to be a great spectacle when it's done.
"There is a great sense of excitement in the area about the project," he added.
"It was a great idea to come from the parks department in the council."