Bridgeport, Washington is a small town on the Columbia River, near Chief Joseph Dam. The town’s old sycamore trees, which lined the main street, were in sad shape but instead of being cut down, chainsaw artist Jacob Lucas has transformed them into incredible sculptures.
With a CHAINSAW!
(And by the way he does custom orders if you have a tree stump in need of being transformed.)
Salmon, quail, wolves, cougars, bear, the logging industry, deer, farming, pelicans, beavers, dragonfly, bees and honeycomb, eagles and other native species are a few of the themes of the tree sculptures.
See an owl swoop down to catch jackrabbit below.
To get an idea of the scale
Coppelia Cuban Diner open 24-7 where chefs dine after work
14th Street between 7th &
Freshly baked pastries and cheese rolls
Dos Huevos (over) Cuban Toast Chimicurri Home Fries
After breakfast we walked along the Highline where we saw this
Artist Tony Matelli’s sculpture Sleepwalker Sleepwalker sculpture wakes you up article
The city of Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington (elevation 6,289) just before sunset, Monday evening.
Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge
and a big nod to Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the sculpture garden- Walker Art Center The spoon weighs 5,800 pounds the cherry 1,200 pounds. I saw this sculpture when we visited Matthew when he was a student at Macalester College in St. Paul. It came to mind when I was thinking about photographing a cherry on top for the weekly photo challenge.
And the cell phone shots below to compare which I thought looked better than the good camera.
North Side Pittsburgh. In front of the Children’s Museum. After a fun day at the museum, before we walk to the car, we like to check out the Cloud Arbor. Jack and Maura were enjoying the cool mist and an unidentified cyclist drove through to cool off. Click to watch Cloud Arbor by Ned Kahn, a video of the mist and the cyclist
Laura and Charles head to the wall to sit down Artist Ned Kahn
Waiting for the mist to appear
My friend Roberta called me today. What a great find for the blog! She told me about the cool competition happening in front of the main Carnegie Library. Pittsburgh themed and sand sculptures being created by five international teams of two, right under a big tent in Oakland.
The competition is over Friday afternoon at three-“Trowels Down”
200 tons of sand from a quarry was delivered to the walkway in front of the museum, then moved by a front loader.
Each team received 40 tons of sand to sculpt.
International Sand Sculptor Katsuhiko Chaen has a Sand Museum in Japan
Teammate Bruce Phillips from San Diego concentrating on details of “Dear Andy”.
Teammates Andrius Petkus from Lithuania and Maxim Gazendam the Netherlands creating “The Pearl”“The Pearl”
“Master of Steel”
Jon Woodworth from Texas and Karen Fralich from Ontario Canada work on their sculpture “Master of Steel”
Fergus Mulvany from Ireland and Thomas Koet from Florida
“The Renaissance of Pittsburgh”
“Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio The Three Graces of Pittsburgh”
Teammates Ilya Filimontsev from Russia & Susanne Ruseler of the Netherlands
Sifting the sand to get rid of the rubble
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Main
If you want to try your hand at sculpting sand, here is a link from Katsuhiko Chaen to the Sand Museum in Japan on how to do it.
May 2016-taken earlier this month.
To say Art All Night in Lawrenceville is a happening, would be an understatement. Over a thousand pieces of art are hung and displayed for 24 hours.
No jury, any medium- just ONE piece per artist. No exceptions.
It takes a ton of volunteers to organize, create and support this community event. Check all the art in, check all the art out. Make sure the artists get back their artwork.
There’s lots of music, comedy, yoga, mosaic making, live art, children’s activities and T-shirts for sale to wear until next year which will be the twentieth year.
Here’s the great part- thousands of people attend the show. This year Steve and I went on the peaceful Sunday morning instead of the wild and crazy and heavily populated Saturday night. An artist friend had taken in my Mill at Night photograph along with his painting. He’d encouraged me to participate again this year.
When I saw the piece below on one of the panels, it spoke to me. I got the contact information off the tag and called the artist right away. This afternoon we met at the bookstore in the Waterfront and check out how she packaged her art.
Thanks Jill. I am thrilled to have your “Corona” in my home.
We exchanged email and contact information and hope to knit together sometime soon.
A gallery from Art All Night so you can get the feel for the event. Remember my visit was early Sunday morning so it was sparse as far as viewers go but there were plenty of volunteers.
What we saw when we left the exhibit
Sculptor Transformed 100 year old Norway Maple Tree Stump into Revolutionary Wartime Presbyterian Minister
That lengthy title gives it all away -Another post of last week’s time in Philadelphia –
Sculptor and excellent ice carver, Roger Wing, transformed a 100 year old Norway Maple stump into an impressive likeness of Pastor George Duffield (b.1732-d.1790).
(Click Roger Wing Sculptor and you can see more examples of his amazing sculpture.)
Walking back to the hotel, I passed by The Old Pine Street Church Graveyard.
Architect Joseph G. Brin article details information about how this Revolutionary War Minister’s sermon inspired John Adams to sign the Declaration of Independence.
Well, they were marked.
Years of erosion have made many names difficult to read.
On the way home from the airport. Steve had picked me up. We stopped by the North Shore.
I’d just come from almost 70 degrees weather is Arizona and the winter city at dusk was such a contrast.
The beauty of winter.
Lone jogger on the trail along the Allegheny River.
Bill Mazeroski runs into home plate for a Pirates win- 1960 World Series
A bit of snow highlighted Mr. Mazeroski’s shoulders
From the North Shore.
By unknown artist