BRISTOL – A new wooden sculpture has arrived at Veterans Memorial Boulevard along South Street, featuring woodland animals.
According to information provided by Bristol Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services, a tree was damaged in August 2020 due to Tropical Storm Isaias. It was seeking to be removed by Eversource due to security concerns. The Bristol Arts and Culture Commission saw the tree as an opportunity to reimagine space.
“One of my favorite parts of this project is being able to preserve the tree,” said Lauren Bent, supervisor of arts and culture. “Something that would otherwise have been cast or seen as ‘horror’ has been made into public art for everyone to enjoy.”
The commissioner and the parks, recreation, youth and community departments collaborated on the project to ensure that the project was feasible. Courtesy of the Parks Council Commissioners and financial support from the Arts and Culture Commission, Jared Welcome with JareBear Chainsaw Carvings designed and created the sculpture. The piece was designed to match the creatures that could be seen in the city’s local park system. At the end of August, the play was finished after a week.
“The City’s Arts and Culture Commission was established to promote Bristol’s arts, culture and tourism. The tree carving is not only visible from the road and pleasant for passers-by, but encourages community members to get out, visit the park and invite conversation, ”said Lindsay Vigue, chair of the committee. Bristol arts and culture.